TRANSPORT OF CARGO IN PASSENGER CABIN STOPS AFTER 31 JULY
On 11 April, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced that it will no longer allow the transport of cargo in the passenger cabin after 31 July 2022. Since 2020, EASA has issued such approvals and exemptions for the transport of cargo in passenger cabins on a case-by-case basis, which were time-limited until 31 July 2022.
EASA made the decision following a review of the COVID-19 situation and the operational impact this has on aviation. It has concluded that the logistical challenges that arose as a result of the pandemic are no longer existing to the same extent. In accordance with Issue 6.0 of the Guidelines for Transport of Cargo in Passenger Compartments, EASA has therefore determined that the exemptions delivered in this context will not be extended beyond the current validity of 31 July 2022. The same applies for existing approvals that have been granted based on the use of the Deviation on transportation of cargo in passengers compartments. This Deviation can also not be applied to any certification projects for which the approval is issued after that date.