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News in numbers


According to the ‘Post-Covid-19 Travel Survey’ from biometrics provider Vision-Box, 63% of organisations across aviation, the airline sector and government agencies seek to implement biometric technologies at airports for contactless travel


Beijing Capital International Airport expects to lose between CNY740m ($106m) and CNY810m in the first six months of 2020, the airport said in a statement


Florida’s Naples Airport is in the middle of a Federal Aviation Administration study examining noise emissions from the airport, the total cost of which amounts to $1.4m


In late July, India’s largest airline IndiGo reported that it would lay off 10% of its staff (more than 2,000 jobs) in response to revenue losses


Australian flag carrier Qantas said it will store its fleet of A380s in the Mojave Desert, US until at least 2023


The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) latest forecast predicts that airlines in Europe will lose $21.5bn in 2020

In quotes

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, following the launch of new online training to support the implementation of ICAO-OHCHR Guidelines for Training Cabin Crew on Identifying and Responding to Trafficking in Persons:

Human trafficking is an appalling crime and an appalling violation of victims’ rights. This is why the efforts of the international air transport sector in combatting it are so important. This expansion of training for cabin crew and the wider travel industry is a crucial element in protecting the human rights of some of the most vulnerable people.

TAV Technologies general manager M.Kerem Ozturk, after Airports Council International World introduced new health and safety assessments into its world-renowned Airport Service Quality Departures Survey:

Solutions such as self-service, contactless ID verification, mobile apps, and AI-based queue management can provide additional safety, ease the level of stress on passengers and help increase operational efficiency for airport operators. We’re happy to support ACI in adapting the ASQ programme to the Covid-19 era.

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