Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Aviation and the Form of Measures to Alleviate the Financial Distress


7 July 2020 0900 EDT (Montreal time)



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The viability of the aviation industry has been severely impacted by the drastic reduction in air travel demand amplified by stringent travel restrictions. The most significant economic impact from the pandemic is the liquidity and working capital deficits for the industry, which will risk operations not recovering to pre-pandemic levels and affect air transport connectivity in the near term.


This webinar will discuss:

a) the economic impact of Covid-19 on civil aviation,

b) the form of financial relief and mitigation measures, and

c) value creation of financial support to aviation.



Civil Aviation Authorities, Industry, International and Regional Organizations and Financial Institutions



Ananthanarayan Sainarayan



Sijia Chen




Sainarayan Ananthanarayan

Mr. Sainarayan is the Chief of Aviation Data and Analysis Section in the Air Transport Bureau at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Mr. Sainarayan is managing various ICAO data and analysis activities ranging from big data analytics, forecasting and air connectivity analysis to economic studies. He is a Chartered Accountant with degrees in commerce and finance and a Master in Business Administration. His professional experience prior to joining ICAO was in consulting and airline industry where he managed portfolios ranging from finance, Capex, audit, risk management to information systems.


Sijia Chen

Ms. Sijia Chen is an Air Transport Officer, Infrastructure Management in the Economic Regulatory Framework Section of Air Transport Bureau at ICAO. Ms. Chen works on various activities in the area of economic development of air transport. She is currently serving as the Secretary of the technical panels to develop policies and guidance on economic, financial, managerial and organizational aspects of airports and air navigation services as well as funding and financing for aviation infrastructure development.



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