IATA supports the ICAO Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) aimed at providing practical guidance to governments and industry operators to restart the international air transport sector and recover from COVID-19 in a coordinated way. Incorporating CART recommendations, IATA has put together additional guidance for airlines in the areas of Airport, Aircraft, Crew, and Cargo.



CART’s work on its Recovery Report and the accompanying "Take-Off" guidance for international aviation, has kept the health, safety, and security of the traveling public of paramount concern. IATA’s Biosafety for Air Transport: A Roadmap for Restarting Aviation was the basis for IATA’s contribution to Takeoff Guidance. 

The ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) published the 2nd edition CART Take-Off Guidance that calls upon States to deploy a risk-based approach to determine appropriate mitigation measures, including testing, as part of an overall risk management strategy, and refers to ICAO’s Testing and Cross-Border Risk Management Measures Manual (Doc 10152).

IATA guidance complementing ICAO's CART 


IATA fully supports the “Take off” guidance, an authoritative and comprehensive framework of risk-based temporary measures for air transport operations during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is additional guidance for airlines, incorporating these recommendations in the areas of Airport, Aircraft, Crew, and Cargo;

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ICAO Guidelines (Airport) 

Ground handling return to service (pdf)

Guidance for ground handling during COVID-19 (pdf)

Ground Handling -  information about conducting ground operations in time of COVID-19


ICAO Guidelines (Aircraft)

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Aircraft cleaning & disinfection during & post-pandemic (pdf)

Guidance for cabin operations during & post-pandemic (pdf) also available in Spanish (pdf)

Guidance for Flight Operations during and Post Pandemic (pdf)


ICAO Guidelines (Crew)

IATA Health Safety Standards Checklist for Airline Operators - please fill in the form to access the document

Guidance for crew health precautions during pandemic (pdf)

IATA Guidance for Managing Pilot Training & Licensing during COVID (pdf)

Guidance on Accessible Air Travel in Response to COVID-19, Ed.1 (pdf)

IATA & IFALPA Joint Safety Statement – Managing Crew Fatigue During Recovery from Pandemic (pdf)

Guidance for Managing Crew Fatigue During a Crisis, Ed.1 (pdf)

Guidance for Post-COVID Restart of Operations: CBTA Training Solutions  (pdf)


Guidance for Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Logistics & Distribution- please fill in the form to access the document

ICAO Guidelines (Cargo)

Carriage of cargo in the passenger cabin (pdf)

Guidance for Operators of Dangerous Goods during COVID-19 (pdf)

Air Cargo comprehensive FAQ on cargo operations

Current status of air cargo operations by carrier - Air Cargo Tariff and Rules (TACT)