As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, governments moved to contain the spread of the virus by imposing draconian restrictions on international travel, bringing the global airline and aviation sector to a near standstill.

Eighteen months on, the rollout of vaccination programmes around the world is helping to revive passenger demand for air travel, but the playing field remains far from level, with new COVID variants and disparate infection rates hampering the establishment of global travel protocols. The recovery of the sector will depend not only on these external factors, but also on its own ability to successfully adapt to the emerging post-COVID business environment. 

Working in partnership with Robert Boyle, a senior executive with 26 years’ experience in the aviation sector and Managing Director of GridPoint Consulting and the Airline Management Group, we have created this guide to identify the key issues facing the sector and how businesses can address them.