KUWAIT CITY, Jun 5: As the European Union member states are gradually trying to resume tourism this summer and launch flights. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published a list of airports in the affected areas with a high risk of transmission of Covid 19 infection.
This blacklist of airports includes 34 countries, cities and an airport where the coronavirus pandemic remains out of control. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has set the airport blacklist to support aircraft and airport operators to place an additional layer of protection for passengers and crew.
The list is not intended to suggest travel restrictions or other public health measures (such as quarantine) at State level.\The list is developed in coordination with EASA Member States and based on the information from WHO, ECDC and other reputable public health institutes
34 countries ranked as high risk in European countries, the EASA agency blacklisted the airports in the following countries:
Belgium (all airports)
France (all airports in Ile-de-France)
Italy (Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Piemonte)
Netherlands (Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport, Rotterdam The Hague Airport)
Poland (Katowice Airport)
Portugal (Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Lisbon Portela Airport)
Spain (Castile and Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia , Madrid)
Sweden (Airports in the Stockholm area)
United Kingdom (Birmingham, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands , Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow , Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon , London City , Luton , Manchester Airport, Newcastle International , Stansted)
The EASA has blacklisted following countries airports:
Brazil (Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará , Espírito Santo, Maranhão , Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio De Janeiro, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo)
Canada (All airports in the following regions:, Ontario, Quebec)
Colombia (All airports in Bogota region)
India (All airports in the following provinces:, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra , Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh)
Russia (All airports in the following regions:, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Moscow, Murmansk, NizhnyNovgorod, Rostov Oblast, Sankt Petersburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Yaroslavl Oblast)
Ukraine (All airports in the following regions:, Chernivtsi, Kyiv)
United Arab Emirates
United States of America (All airports in the following States:, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington)
To remove airports from the list,an assessment is performed considering inverted principles and having the following criteria adjusted with the testing policy:
Number of active cases/population –less than 1000 active cases/1 million population; and
Number of active case –depending on the population size but not more than 3000 active cases at national level or 2000 at regional level (depending on the size of the region); and
Number of daily new cases –less than 10 new cases/1 million population;
Evolution curve –less than 50% of the maximum number of active cases.
Unfortunately, States worldwide do not report the same data and not in the same manner. For example the ratio per capita(number of active cases/inhabitants), is a relatively good indicator, although influenced by the extent of the testing and the national criteria used for testing: in some countries there is only testing of symptomatic cases, while other countries test direct contact and severe symptomatic cases, or patients that have both symptoms and direct contact with another positive case.
Furthermore, there are countries that have tested more than 10% of the population while others have tested less than 1%.
In addition, the testing ratio as presented by some websites and dashboards, is based on the total number of confirmed cases and not on the number of active cases.