The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said it has introduced a new series of implementation packages or ‘iPACKs’ to support States’ aviation response, recovery, and resilience efforts during COVID-19.
ICAO Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, stated: “Addressing priority areas for States and industry such as aviation safety, security, public health, passenger facilitation, airports and air navigation services, and air transport economics, these new ICAO iPACKs have been developed in full alignment with the ICAO Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) Report and associated ‘Take-off’ guidelines.”
The ICAO iPACKs will comprise guidance material, training, tools, expert assistance and, if needed, procurement assistance. They can be acquired by government decision makers, civil aviation authorities, national air transport facilitation committees, aviation service providers, and supply chain stakeholders.
ICAO said the deployment of the iPACKs represents a determined coordination effort within ICAO, led by its Technical Cooperation Bureau (TCB) and with support from the Air Navigation and Air Transport Bureaus, all ICAO Regional Offices, and the agency’s Strategic Planning, Coordination and Partnerships (SPCP) Office.
The first two iPACKs now being deployed will feature resources for Strengthening National Air Transport Facilitation Committees for Re-Start and Resilience of Civil Aviation, and Aviation Safety Risk Management related to COVID-19 for Civil Aviation Authorities.
“ICAO is looking forward to working closely with States, partners, and donors to deploy these important new resources for States and industry. We are confident that the iPACKs will provide significant support to the response, recovery, and resilience efforts now ongoing, and help re-establish the needed capacity to reconnect the world,” Dr. Liu noted.