Through March and April 2020, Safeture published almost daily alerts on airlines from all over the globe halting or reducing operations and extending flight cancellations, besides occasional files for bankruptcy. And, while on one hand, some countries such as Switzerland, the United States and Ghana have indicated that lockdown measures will be eased from early May 2020, several countries have extended quarantine measures and entry restrictions through at least the middle of the month, such as Bangladesh, Spain and Haiti.
Another important trend is the discussion on how to reintroduce air travel in accordance with safety standards to prevent the Covid-19 spread. Options being discussed include social distancing in airplanes and passenger certification on immunity against the virus – both pose practical challenges in terms of financial costs and also in the establishment of reliable systems, especially to gather tests results from different sources with a yet-to-be-developed recognised level of immunity control. International consensus on what is acceptable for safety standards might be arduous to reach over a short term, which in turn can mean new travel bans and restrictions. Thus, the travel industry during May is anticipated to remain affected by a certain instability, even if the pandemic gets under control and an effective vaccine is developed.