Post COVID Aviation: a holistic view on challenges and opportunities

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The article provides an overview of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on aviation in terms of financial status
of companies but also the often less visible second order effects including a human capital shortage. COVID-
19 has a dramatic impact and government bailout of airlines and airports in survival mode increased their
debt dramatically. This needs to be recovered. Even without COVID-19 aviation was facing tremendous
challenges to accommodate growth and to respond to climate change. Measures to recover from COVID-
19, to develop capacity and reach net zero emissions by 2050 contradict and could potentially block each
other. Especially measures to deal with climate change, to become net zero by 2050, could potentially
change the inherent nature of the business. Short term return to pre-COVID-19 high traffic volumes and
growth perspectives are needed to generate cash flow to pay back the increased debt due to COVID-19.
Becoming net zero by 2050 may result in an increase of ticket prices, demand reduction, huge investments
in new technology and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The contradicting short- and long-term goals cannot
be resolved by aviation itself; similar for passengers to change their travel behavior. Government incentives
need to be developed to support the transition to net zero by 2050 and to. close the gap between shortand
long term. Further research and experiments are needed to further balance the set of measurement
which will offer a sound perspective for the future of aviation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationETC database
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021
EventEuropean Transport Conference 2021 - online
Duration: 13 Sep 202115 Sep 2021


ConferenceEuropean Transport Conference 2021
Internet address


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