Global issues in Aviation
During this pandemic crisis, government and industry stakeholders came together to address the need for flexibility and temporary measures that were critical to keeping the industry flying. IATA deployed Safety Risk Assessments and developed extensive Guidance Materials in a number of areas, to support the industry’s continued safe operation.
Provide a detailed discussion of these 2 measures and critically evaluate the effectiveness of these measures in assisting the aviation industry to cope with the impact of the pandemic on and to resume and continue its safe operation.
On 23 May 2021 Ryanair Flight 4978, a regularly-scheduled international passenger flight from Athens International Airport, Greece to Vilnius Airport, Lithuania, was intercepted while in Belarusian airspace. Under the pretence of a bomb threat the aircraft was diverted by the Belarusian government to Minsk National Airport and two passengers on board (an opposition activist and journalist and his girlfriend) were arrested by authorities.
The act was condemned by the European Union, NATO, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among others, and by some civil aviation authorities.
a) Do you consider this incident to be an ‘unlawful act’? Discuss fully.
b) Critically analyse the response by the international aviation community.
c) In light of this incident and the Qatar blockade, critically evaluate the role of ICAO.