NACA Proposes SAFETY Protocols for Resumption of Commercial Air Travel

NACA releases “SAFETY: The Necessary Elements to Return Passengers to the Skies,” outlining principles for the U.S. airline industry to resume regular operations.

Arlington, Va. – The National Air Carrier Association (NACA) today issued an initial set of principles for the resumption of regular commercial flight operations in the wake of the economic and societal disruptions unleashed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “SAFETY: The Necessary Elements to Return Passengers to the Skies,” outlines actions NACA believes must be taken to ensure that the U.S. airline industry can restore public confidence and be a safe catalyst for economic recovery.

“The SAFETY principles are a critical first step in what we believe should be a collaborative planning process between the federal government and industry stakeholders for U.S. airlines to resume normal flight operations when it is safe to do so,” said NACA President and CEO George Novak. “The U.S. airline industry will be a vital component of America’s economic recovery. To be successful, the public must be confident that they can fly with us without risking infection from COVID-19.”

SAFETY is an acronym, referring to:

  • Safety: Every effort must be taken to ensure that passengers, crews and those working on aircraft are protected from further exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Access: Access to air travel – and the resulting consumer spending at hotels, restaurants, resorts and retail establishments – will be a critical element of the economic recovery.
  • Flexibility: Airlines must have the flexibility to shift aircraft and routes to meet demand as it ebbs and flows during the recovery.
  • Economic Viability: Restrictions on air travel cannot be so stringent that passengers can’t fly easily and affordably, and airlines can’t return to profitability and protect jobs.
  • Testing: The federal government must work quickly and methodically to deploy a measured approach to COVID-19 testing in airports that utilizes the latest technologies for both screening (e.g., non-contact temperature scanning and effective antibody testing) and credentialing (biometric or tamper-proof identification systems) for those safe to fly and interact with others.
  • You: The most critical element in returning to the skies is you. You are the reason we fly. More than anything else, we care about your health and safety and helping you return to better days.

A pamphlet with more detail on the SAFETY principles can be found on NACA’s website here.

“America’s economic recovery will require enormous, coordinated efforts from governments, industries and people across the nation,” Novak said. “We look forward to working with all stakeholders to plan for resuming regular activities and hope the SAFETY principles serve to kickstart those discussions.”

Travel Leaders Echo Experts: Make Fact-Based Decisions About Traveling

U.S. Officials: “It Is Safe for Healthy Americans to Travel”

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2020)—A coalition of 150 travel-related organizations issued the following statement on the latest developments around coronavirus (signatories below):

“For the travel and hospitality industry, the safety of the traveling public, our guests and our employees is of the utmost importance. We are in daily contact with public health authorities and are acting on the most up-to-date information on the evolving coronavirus situation.

“Health and government officials have continually assured the public that healthy Americans can ‘confidently travel in this country.’ While it’s critically important to remain vigilant and take useful precautions in times like these, it’s equally important to make calm, rational, and fact-based decisions.

“Though the headlines may be worrisome, experts continue to say the overall coronavirus risk in the U.S. remains low. At-risk groups are older individuals and those with underlying health conditions, who should take extra precautions.

“The latest expert guidance indicates that for the overwhelming majority, it’s OK to live, work, play and travel in the U.S. By seeking and heeding the latest expert guidance—which includes vigorous use of good health practices, similar to the preventive steps recommended for the seasonal flu—America’s communities will stay strong and continue to thrive. The decision to cancel travel and events has a trickle-down effect that threatens to harm the U.S. economy, from locally owned hotels, restaurants, travel advisors and tour operators to the service and frontline employees who make up the backbone of the travel industry and the American economy.

“We are mindful of a guiding principle that long predates this current public health situation: without the safety and security of travelers, there can be no travel. The travel industry will maintain lines of contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and will remain vigilant for any changes. Collectively, we are taking enhanced steps to ensure both the safety of travelers, guests and our own employees.”


Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)
Airlines For America
Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA)
American Association of Airport Executives
American Bus Association
American Car Rental Association
American Gaming Association
American Hotel & Lodging Association
American Resort Development Association
American Society of Association Executives
American Society of Travel Advisors
Anaheim/Orange County Lodging Association
Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
Arizona Office of Tourism
Arkansas Hospitality Association
Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau
Associated Luxury Hotels International
Association Forum
Bloomington MN Convention & Visitors Bureau
Branson Chamber & Convention & Visitors Bureau
California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns
California Attractions and Parks Association
California Hotel & Lodging Association
Carnival Corporation
Cincinnati Hotel Association
Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association
Colorado Tourism Office
Connecticut Lodging Association
Cruise Lines International Association
CRVA/Visit Charlotte
Delaware North
Destination DC
Destination Niagara USA
Destinations International
Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Detroit Restaurant & Lodging Association
Discover Puerto Rico
Events Industry Council
Experience Grand Rapids
Experience Kissimmee
Experience Scottsdale
Explore Charleston
Explore Fairbanks
Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association
Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Host Hotels & Resorts
Hospitality Maine
Hospitality Minnesota
Hospitality Santa Barbara
Hostelling International USA
Hotel Association of Los Angeles
Hotel Association of New York City
Hotel Association of Washington DC
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
International Association of Conference Centres (IACC)
International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
International Franchise Association
International Inbound Travel Association
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Leisure Pass Group
Long Beach Hospitality Alliance
Longwoods International
Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board
Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association
Maritz Global Events
Maryland Hotel Lodging Association
Meeting Professionals International
MGM Resorts International
Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association
Miles Partnership
Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
National Air Carrier Association
National Restaurant Association
National Tour Association
Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association
New Jersey Hotel & Lodging Association
New Orleans & Company
New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association
North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
Northstar Travel Group
NYC & Company
Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association
OHLA – Greater Akron Lodging Council
OHLA – Greater Cincinnati Lodging Council
OHLA – Greater Cleveland Lodging Council
OHLA – Greater Columbus Lodging Council
OHLA – Northwest Ohio Lodging Council
OHLA – Greater Dayton Lodging Council
Omni Hotels & Resorts
Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Reno Tahoe
Resonance Consultancy
San Diego County Lodging Association
San Diego Tourism Authority
San Francisco Hotel Council
San Francisco Travel
Society of Government Meeting Professionals
Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO)
South Carolina Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association
South Dakota Department of Tourism
Southeast Tourism Society
St. Louis Area Hotel Association
Student & Youth Travel Association
Tampa International Airport
Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association
The Broadway League
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Shubert Organization
The Travel Technology Association
Travel Nevada
Travel Oregon
Travel Portland
Travel South USA
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Travel Association
United States Tour Operators Association
Utah Office of Tourism
Virginia Restaurant, Lodging, and Travel Association
Visit Buffalo Niagara
Visit Fort Worth
Visit Franklin
Visit Lake Charles
Visit Napa Valley
Visit North Carolina
Visit Philadelphia
Visit Seattle
Visit Tampa Bay
Visit Wichita
West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association
Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Wynn Las Vegas
Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association

Chris Brown Joins NACA as Vice President for Government Affairs & ULCC Policy

Arlington, Va. – The National Air Carrier Association (NACA) announced today that Chris Brown, an executive with more than two decades of experience working aviation issues in industry, on Capitol Hill and at the FAA, will be joining NACA as Vice President for Government Affairs and ULCC Policy. In this role, he will, among other duties, coordinate NACA’s advocacy on issues facing passenger operations in the ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) sector. NACA’s ULCC members include Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.

“We are thrilled Chris is joining NACA,” said NACA President and CEO George Novak. “He brings a wealth of experience working in government and industry on a wide variety of aviation issues. Chris is highly regarded by senior aviation policy makers and Congressional staff on both sides of the aisle. His expertise will push our advocacy on behalf of our ULCC members to a new level.”

Prior to joining NACA, Brown served as Assistant Administrator for Government and Industry Affairs at the FAA and Staff Director for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, where he was responsible for developing and implementing legislative and regulatory strategies promoting safety, certification and integration of emerging technologies into the national airspace system. He also served as Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Policy at Airlines for America and ran a federal policy and legislative consulting services practice for trade association and industry company clients.

Brown also served as senior government affairs advisor to United Airlines while at the Washington, D.C., office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and consultant to American Airlines while at the Washington, D.C., office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. He holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from Boston College.

Founded in 1962, NACA is a trade association comprised of air carriers certificated under Title 14, Part 121 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Our members are a diverse group of air carriers, providing scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services. NACA carriers fill a unique niche in the air carrier industry, offering services in response to ever-changing demands from the U.S. military, the traveling public, and businesses. NACA members include: Air Transport International, Amerijet, Allegiant Air, Atlas Air, Everts Air Cargo, Frontier Airlines, Kalitta Air, Lynden Air Cargo, Miami Air International, Northern Air Cargo, Omni Air International, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Swift Air, USA Jet Airlines, Western Global Airlines, and World Atlantic Airlines.