8 June 2020
 
THE CORONA AV-DAILY
 
Welcome to the Corona AvDaily where we share relevant aviation-related links, insights and articles about the Covid-19 crisis. 
 
Highlight: Canary Islands to incentivise pre-testing for tourists
 
Last month we covered the news that the Canary Islands was testing digital health passports as a way of kick-starting the region’s tourist industry.
 
On Friday, Cristina Del Río Fresen, Leader of the Islands’ Global Tourism Safety Lab, took part in a webinar hosted by TravelMedia, where she provided more details of what the Islands have in mind.
 
According to Del Río Fresen, a number of principles underpin the Islands’ tourism plans.
 
First of all, she talked about the idea of creating a ‘Fortress Canary Islands’, where both local residents and tourists will have the peace of mind that they are in a reasonably safe and Covid19 free environment.
 
Health security must be compatible with a holiday experience
Then there is the idea that ‘’health security must be compatible with a holiday experience’’, in other words any prevention or social distancing measures can’t be so onerous that the tourist no longer feels that s/he is on holiday.
 
This is obviously something that the aviation industry itself has to grapple with - protecting passengers and staff, while also not putting people off flying altogether.
 
Finally, Del Río Fresen recognised that the pandemic was an opportunity to move to more sustainable, climate friendly travel, and raised the fact that you can’t create new problems, e.g. by having thousands of disposable face masks being washed up on beaches, something which is happening in Hong Kong.
 
Testing is incentivised but not mandatory
Del Río Fresen suggested that pre-testing would be highly encouraged but it would not be mandatory. Testing facilities would be available on arrival, with the ability to process 1200 tests per hour.
 
However, she also said that passengers who do pre-test would be given some kind of incentive on arrival, such as a voucher to spend on the island, to offset the cost of the test in their home country. Passengers who pre-test will also be fast tracked when they arrive.
 
As for the Digital Health Passport, where you upload health and test data, this will be trialled on a ‘proof of concept’ flight from Madrid to the Islands on July 1st. Cristina Del Río Fresen mentioned the importance of using blockchain technology as a way of ensuring the test data is secure and can’t be falsified.
 
 
 
 
Are you a technology company or a startup operating in the sanitisation space? 
 
As part of the SimpliFlying Launchpad, we are curating the most in-demand technologies that will help the aviation industry get up and running again during the Pandemic and beyond.  
 
The SimpliFlying Launchpad is now open for applications for companies which have sanitation related tools, technologies or solutions which can be implemented by airports and airlines.
 
If your application is successful, you could be invted to our virtual Demo day, attended by interested pilot partners, aviation executives and investors.
 
 Startups can also apply for other open topics: Touchless travel, Ancillary Generation and Contact Tracing, where we will be holding demo days in July and August.
 
Find out more about the SimpliFlying Launchpad and apply here.
Read the press release about the SimpliFlying Launchpad here
 
 
 
Positive news story of the day
 
 
FREE COVID-19 RESOURCES
 
We have a wealth of Covid-19 related information on our website, that's free for anyone working in aviation and travel.
 
Head over to our site now.
 
 
 
CLICK FOR MORE
 
TAKE OUR SURVEY
 
As more airlines and airports are introducing new sanitation measures, we want to ask you, as a passenger, how you feel about these changes in your future travel.
 
 
 
 
TAKE PART
 
 
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
YouTube
 
 
Published by SimpliVisible, the content arm of SimpliFlying.
 
This email was sent to . You received this email because you are registered with SimpliFlying.

 
 
SendinBlue
 
 
SimpliFlying Pte Ltd
231 Mountbatten Road
Singapore 397999
dirk@simpliflying.com
 
 
© 2020 SimpliFlying Pte Ltd / SimpliVisible Ltd