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The Future of Aviation Post-COVID In Reserve

COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented drop in commercial aviation traffic. This synthesis could explore issues raised by COVID-19 and how the aviation industry is responding to COVID-19 and the recovery of air travel in the future.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented drop in commercial aviation traffic. United Airlines forecasts that it will fly fewer people during the entire month of May 2020 than they did on a single day in May 2019. Traffic on U.S. carriers was down 97% year-over-year during the seven-days ending April 12, according to Airlines for America (A4A). This synthesis could explore issues raised by COVID-19 and how the aviation industry is responding to COVID-19 and the recovery of air travel in the future.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Topics to be explored could include:

What issues is COVID-19 raising for the aviation industry and how are the public and private sectors responding?

How is commercial aviation responding? (e.g., pivoting to cargo delivery and transportation of lifesaving equipment, repatriation flights for international travelers, reductions in service, etc.)?

What does the economic outlook for the aviation industry look like for the next 1, 3 and 5 years in the future? When can the industry expect to recover?

What will be the long-term impacts on businesses and travelers, such as virtual meetings, willingness to travel using mass transportation, etc.?

How long will it take for the industry to build back to pre-COVID-19 travel volumes?

Lessons learned for preventing and responding to infectious diseases in the aviation industry and the broader transportation sector.

Strategies for identifying and/or cleaning/disinfecting airports, aircraft, equipment, and travelers.

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