Air travel has decreased by 90% or more across the globe as a result of the global pandemic. While airline executives focus on stretching relief dollars, questions about the future of air travel loom large. Will business travel rebound after employees have experienced virtual gatherings? When will the public feel safe enough to rebook vacations? What happens when CARES funding is depleted?
Airports are the nexus for many such questions. As critical infrastructure, they will serve as the proving ground for both evolving regulations and consumers’ confidence. AECOM recommends a three-phased approach to a full return to service that will mitigate the risks of irregular travel demand and a changing regulatory landscape. Our Comprehensive Airport Simulation Technology (CAST) can help quickly analyze and run scenarios on a large number of customized variables to help airports make more informed decisions for each phase of an airport’s return to service.
This is a challenging time for the aviation industry, but it’s not the first. In response to sweeping changes following the 9/11 attack, we assisted in the design, facility modifications, installation and maintenance of explosives detection systems at 438 airports nationwide, many of them in under two weeks’ time. Our aviation experts will bring that same commitment and urgency to helping airports recover from the coronavirus pandemic. We are all in this together.