Meanwhile we see every day that COVID-19 is bringing change at an unprecedented pace: office workers embrace (or hate) the opportunity to work from home; livelihoods are devastated as small businesses collapse; large companies fight cashflow issues; employees lose their jobs or face uncertain futures. Yet in other areas business booms, due to sudden and unexpected demand.
For aviation, the one prediction that can be made with confidence is that the entire industry will not be the same tomorrow as it was yesterday, before the pandemic. Any hopes that COVID-19 could spell only a few months of temporary interruption of normal business have been dashed – and deep-rooted change is inevitable. It is now essential that we keep proving that air travel can continue safely by maintaining a focus on the rules and processes that have made flying the safest way to travel. In parallel, we need to identify and embrace sweeping change in our industry, to ensure it emerges stronger and is able to cope with new challenges that will undoubtedly arise.