The first session saw the keynote speakers Eamonn Brennan, Director General EUROCONTROL, Alain Hervé Bernard, COO-EVP Operations and Cargo Air France giving high-level overviews of the impact of the pandemic on the network as a whole and on Aircraft Operators in particular.
Eamonn Brennan shared an update on the traffic situation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emphasising that making aviation sustainable will be the major challenge for aviation once the recovery is underway, he stressed that a well-functioning European Network has the potential to reduce fuel consumption between 8.6 % and 11.2%.
Alain Hervé Bernard provided an update on Air France’s main challenges in the current situation due to the pandemic: financial issues, the ongoing work to transform the airline to become more efficient in the future and the consequences of ups and downs in air traffic during the past months. The lack of coordination among different countries and the volatility of the situation remain a concern for worldwide operations.