Post COVID-19 pandemic: Aviation industry in Tunisia gradually recovering (workshop)

December 9, 2022

(TAP) - A workshop on the theme of «Post-Pandemic Aviation Industry Recovery: Impact of Human Resources Need,» was held in Tunis on December 8 which falls on the International Aviation Day. The event was attended by professionals, consultants, engineers, experts and pilots from the aviation industry.

Engineer and Expert in Civil Aviation and International Air Transport Kamel Miled noted that for over century, the aviation sector in the world and in Tunisia has never faced a similar crisis like the one triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. He underlined that the health crisis has had 5 major impacts on the aviation industry at home and worldwide, namely a major drop in passenger air traffic between 70% and 80% according to regions, a decreased air connectivity, substantial number of grounded planes, enormous booking cancellations, a sharp collapse of demand as well as loss of airline companies' revenues.

He added that the health crisis, in Tunisia, has turned into a socio-economic crisis impacting mainly the human resources in the aviation field. This included loss of jobs, reduced wages due to dropping air traffic activities, unpaid leave and lack of financial support to keep jobs.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the aviation sector in Tunisia has been gradually recovering thanks to the COVID-19 vaccines and a successful strategy to bring back passengers' trust.

The Tunisian Aerospace Association (French: ATA) and other relevant international professional organisations have launched programmes to revive the aviation industry. For instance, The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) launched the Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce (CART) to provide practical, aligned guidance to governments and industry operators to restart the international air transport sector and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 on a coordinated basis.

Speaking to TAP, Miled pointed that ATA is currently seeking to recover the level of air traffic prior to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019 to 2024.

He added that «the aviation sector in Tunisia is facing internal challenges in terms of infrastructure, air navigation as well as air safety,» calling for its restructure.

CEO and Marketing Director of Brookfield Aviation International David George told TAP that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly hit the world aviation market and Tunisia was no exception. «Everything was locked down. A large number of contracts were cut. Nobody can fly and no one can travel…» he affirmed.

On the other hand, the CEO underlined that «despite these challenges, the aviation market is coming back strongly.»

The CEO reiterated the need to provide ongoing training to aviation professionals, indicating that the Brookfield Aviation International has offered various training courses to Tunisian pilots, engineers and even to kids aged between 14 and 18 from international schools.

«In the past, we have had kids from around the world, from Australia, Indonesia and one kid from Tunisia. When they come to England they have to speak English so that they understand the aviation side,» he said.

The workshop was held by «le cercle aronautique» (the aeronautical circle) made up of the Tunisian Aerospace Association (ATA), the Tunisian Federation of Airline Pilots (FTPL), the African Association for Geospatial Development (AGEOS) and L'Association Tunisienne des Controleurs de la Circulation Aérienne (ATCCA), in cooperation with the Brookfield Aviation International.



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