ACI and ITF reiterate call to governments to prioritise vaccinations for airport workers

The global bodies representing the world’s airports and airport workers have renewed calls on governments to prioritise the vaccination of aviation workers in the wake of new guidance from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and their latest call with WHO. Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) recognise the unwavering support […]


March 31, 2021

Seafarers, air transport workers must be prioritised for vaccine

Today the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reiterates our strong request for seafarers and aviation workers to be prioritised by governments in their Covid-19 vaccination programmes. The ITF welcomes the joint statement from UN bodies last week supporting this position. Covid-19 and its impacts have been felt by none more acutely than transport workers and […]


March 29, 2021

ITF calls on governments for the swift adoption of new ICAO guidance

With passenger demand continuing its free-fall and prospects for an industry turnaround being hampered by government travel restrictions brought on by new COVID-19 variants, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is calling on governments to adopt updated guidance issued today by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART). “There is a clear and urgent need […]


March 15, 2021

Aviation workers should be given priority for COVID-19 vaccines

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) welcome progress in the development of vaccines for COVID-19. As vaccines continue to be approved and distributed worldwide, aviation workers will play a key role in the integrity of their global supply chain. An effective global vaccine strategy will […]


December 22, 2020

Coronavirus update and advice

The ITF is closely following all advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding the current outbreak which originated in Wuhan city, a major domestic and international transport hub. We call on all governments and transport companies to implement all measures available to them to limit the risk of transmission of the deadly coronavirus to […]


January 30, 2020

Dr Claude Thibeault: Mitigating the risk – aviation and communicable disease outbreaks (airlines.iata.org)

IATA’s Medical Advisor discusses aviation’s role in communicable disease outbreaks and lessons learned from recent cases. (…) Fundamentally, the industry needs to understand its role in managing a health emergency before a crisis hits. During the outbreak of Zika, for example, ICAO formed and chaired an Aviation Medical Forum, where IATA, ACI (Airport Council International), […]


May 15, 2018

Zika virus advice for air crew published

The ITF has produced advice to help air crews avoid contracting the Zika virus. The fact sheet can be downloaded here. Most media attention has been on the prevalence of the virus in the Americas, but it is also circulating in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. It can be spread by the bite of an […]


March 4, 2016