With the summer holidays fast approaching following several months of lockdown, many of us are wondering when we might return to the skies.
But even as some airlines move to resume service when countries ease coronavirus restrictions, it’s unlikely the experience will feel much like the type of flying we’ve come to know.
Airlines have been one of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, with many carriers forced to park entire fleets — or close for good — while the industry racks up estimated losses of $252 billion. Now, as operators try to emerge from the ashes, they will have to implement a host of changes to get back off the ground.
Many of those will depend on government guidelines. Bi- and multi-lateral agreements will be required before most long-haul flights can return, for instance, notes Peter Harbison, chairman emeritus of Centre for Aviation (CAPA). Meanwhile, airports will need to design their own comprehensive health and safety measures, likely involving…