Willie Walsh has told a committee of MPs his plans for ensuring the safety of passengers and crew while the coronavirus epidemic continues.
Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) was facing MPs gathering evidence for the Transport Select Committee.
There is very little evidence of any passenger to passenger contact spreading of the coronavirus. That’s not to say people on flights have not got off and subsequently tested positive and spread it as a result of that.
Walsh went on to explain the measures IAG – comprising British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Level and Vueling – will take:
We will take all measures and we are working with regulators to implement what I hope will be a common system across – let’s start with – Europe, and hopefully globally, will take measures that need to be taken at airports, on board the aircraft and to ensure that all of the responsible authorities are able to track and trace everybody who has come off an aircraft to ensure that, if there is anybody that tests positive, that they can be tracked.
We are working with a number of regulators. EASA, the European Safety Agency, will be publishing a draft document some time this week which will set out the regulations that they will propose to the EU27. I expect that to be a comprehensive document which will deal with all aspects. We will follow any regulation that is introduced to ensure that people can be confident that it is safe to climb aboard an aircraft in this environment.