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ICAO Approves Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel Through COVID-19

Passenger at Germany Airport post covid travels with mask on and social distancing.
ICAO council approved the Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis ( Takeoff ). IATA urges for implementation.

ICAO council approved the Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis ( Takeoff ). International Air Transport Association ( IATA ) has asked and governments to implement the guidelines to restore air connectivity as soon as possible.

These guidelines are authoritative and comprehensive framework of risk-based temporary measures for air transport operations during the COVID-19 crisis. These guidelines propose a phased approach to restating aviation industry and identifies a set of general applicable risk-based measures.

The universal implementation of global standards has made aviation safe. A similar approach is critical in this crisis so that we can safely restore air connectivity as borders and economies re-open. The Takeoff guidance document was built with the best expertise of government and industry. Airlines strongly support it. Now we are counting on governments to implement the recommendations quickly, because the world wants to travel again and needs airlines to play a key role in the economic recovery. And we must do this with global harmonization and mutual recognition of efforts to earn the confidence of travelers and air transport workers.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

The guidelines created by the council is in line with the public health authorities, which is based on recommendation and guidance by them. By adhering to these restrictions and actions , the risk of COVID-19 through out the air travel process can be mitigated immensely.

The measures in the guidelines include Physical distancing, Wearing of face coverings and masks, Routine sanitation and disinfection of all areas, Health screening, Contact tracing of passengers and staff, Passenger health declaration forms and Testing.

COVID-19 Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) is a group of international aviation based associations who developed the guidelines. With it the task force has provided reports to the ICAO Council Members as it is the reporting body for the task force.

The Report notes that COVID-19 risk mitigation measures, “should be flexible and targeted to ensure that a vibrant and competitive global aviation sector will drive the economic recovery.” With it CART also highlighted that it is of “paramount importance to avoid a global patchwork of incompatible [aviation] health safety measures.”

Feature image by Munich Airport

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Earth Week at Oaga Art Resort: Connect with the Beauty of Nature

Oaga Art Resort is getting ready to celebrate Earth Week with Nature's Embrace!

Oaga Art Resort is dedicating a week to connecting with the beauty and wonder of the planet! In celebration of Earth Week, the resort is curating a programme with meaningful experiences and deep appreciation for the Earth from March 21st to 27th, 2024.

Earth Week Specials at Oaga Art Resort

On March 21st, the resort will celebrate Poetry Day to unwind with Earth-inspired creativity. Start your day with a poetic breakfast, followed by a lunchtime fusion of traditional Maldivian Boduberu beats and poetry called ‘Farihi’. As the sun goes down, guests are invited to enjoy poetry reading and a captivating performance by local duo ‘Something Lovely’.

On March 22nd, guests can enjoy a Boduberu jam session at lunch. As the nighttime falls, witness the artistry of a sand artist as they create their magic on the Raa Baa deck.

On March 23rd, Connect with Nature in a mindful way. As part of the Earth Hour, a candlelit Earth meditation and Sound healing session will be hosted. Guests can also savour a delicious Earth-conscious buffet and enjoy unplugged music around a bonfire! Additionally, a special coral planting cocktail will take place at sunset. At this event, guests can also help plant 60+ coral frames in Oaga’s reef nursery. The project is carried out in partnership with Coralive, aiming to completely resort to the house reef by 2028.

Celebrate Holi with an Eco Twist on March 25th. Create stunning sand mandalas and participate in the traditional Full Moon ritual. Oaga Art Resort will also be hosting a glow-in-the-dark Holi Full moon party with minimal lighting!

Reflect and reminisce under the stars on March 26th. Cuddle up for a captivating movie night! The Grand Finale, with World Theatre Day will be hosted on March 27th. The resort will be hosting a puppet show in addition to live performances by the Sky Rock band. End the night with a special Earth-themed solo performance at the Kaa Kada dinner in celebration of World Theatre Day.

Earth Week and so Much More!

Guests are welcome to enjoy these activities and so much more at Oaga. The resort is all about fun, creative and new experiences. The Earth Week celebrations are weaved into the activities throughout Oaga Art Resort during this period. Oaga Art Resort is the perfect spot for an all-inclusive getaway. The Greatest All-inclusive plan redefines your resort experience!

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