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General Civil Aviation Authority introduces protocol targeting air travel diseases control

General Civil Aviation Authority introduces protocol targeting air travel diseases control
14 May 2024 12:14

DUBAI (WAM)

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) introduced the "Protocol to Enhance Global Aviation Safety and Public Health Resilience."

The protocol aims to combat the spread of communicable diseases through air travel.

It was presented by the UAE delegation during the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA) Joint Meeting in Germany.

The GCAA released a statement in which is clarified that the Protocol emphasises swift reporting by operators' stations and collaboration with local health authorities.

The Protocol has garnered widespread acclaim from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and member states for its innovative approach to mitigating significant public health risks associated with air travel.

Director-General of GCAA, Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi, underscored the Protocol's importance, affirming the authority's dedication to global aviation safety and public health resilience through collaborative efforts with international partners.

Assistant Director-General of the Aviation Safety Affairs Sector, Aqeel Al Zarouni, highlighted the Protocol as a significant milestone in combating communicable diseases.

It also aims to enhance airport capacities and foster closer cooperation between public health and civil aviation sectors.

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