The bulletin of the European Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) that Greece has used to introduce preventive measures against Italians is a four-page document and a list of areas “with a high risk of transmission of Covid-19” . In the latest update, the 14th, the “affected” Italian areas – and their airports – are four: Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. Once upon a time, and we are talking about the end of March, there were also Tuscany and Marche. “But this is not a black list, it does not provide for the interdiction of connections to and from Northern Italy,” he explains Courier service Alessio Quaranta, general manager of our National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and member of the management board of EASA. “That list was created to collect information from States and to indicate what are at most times the areas most at risk: all this is then communicated to the companies and airports so that they can make their assessments”.
The bulletin is changed every week, hand in hand with the evolution of the pandemic, and has gone unnoticed, thanks to the almost elimination of air transport. “Its compilation is impartial – says Quaranta -, it takes place independently, it is not the result of negotiation with the countries”. A special technical committee takes care of it. If anything, it is a document that suggests, if you wish, to add a further verification of passengers arriving from certain locations. From Easa they explain that the inclusion or not of an area or an airport in the list occurs only through the analysis of scientific-statistical data and by cross-checking some indicators: the number of active cases in relation to the population, the recovered, the daily progression new infections, the lethality rate, the number of tampons, the incidence on urban and suburban areas, the size and the number of tracks in the surroundings.
In the «list of airports located in the areas with a high transmission risk “of Covid-19, effective from 29 May, there are not only the plants of the four Italian regions, but also” all the airports of Belgium “, of Île-de-France (translated : Paris), Amsterdam, Madrid and Barcelona, London and Stockholm. Germany (a part), entered in April, is outside the attention threshold. There are also “third countries” from Afghanistan to the United States. “On the coronavirus issue, the decision whether or not to open airspace depends on the local health authorities, not on the aeronautical ones,” said Quaranta. Also because, he notes, the list “does not prevent triangulations”: one can leave Milan and easily reach Athens by calling in a non-risky area.
May 31, 2020 (change June 1, 2020 | 00:47)
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