Edinburgh airport has published a series of measures it has taken in the light of Covid-19, as part of a “Let’s all flysafe” campaign as airlines begin to resume services.
Measures include one-way colour-coded systems to manage flow and social distancing, hand sanitising stations inside and outside the airport, protective screens at check-in, security and arrivals, enhanced cleaning schedules and new ‘fogging’ machines to disinfect trollies and wheelchairs, and the deep cleaning of security trays, as well as the introduction of new “anti-viral” trays.
The airport is also trialling temperature checks for departing passengers, and both staff and passengers are required to wear face coverings. Staff in passenger facing areas will also wear PPE.
New way-finding signage has been introduced at the airport, in sky blue, maroon red and lime green colours, both to stand out from regular materials, and also to help those who are colour-blind to distinguish between different routes.
Five “general rules” have also been introduced for travellers, as follows:
- Don’t risk it – don’t fly or come to the airport if you feel unwell
- Protect yourself and others – please wear a face covering
- Clean your hands often – wash or use sanitiser
- Maintain social distancing and be mindful of other passengers
- Be kind, be patient and flysafe
The airport said that the measures had been introduced as airlines including Easyjet, Ryanair, Loganair, Wizz Air and British Airways “look to reintroduce parts of their schedule”.
The new follows a BBC report this week which said that the airport’s normal daily summer passenger figures had dropped from 50,000 to 300.
Commenting on the news Adam Wilson, operations director at Edinburgh airport said:
“Although we never want to see a near empty airport, we’ve utilised the time to closely look at the terminal and surrounding areas and come up with a plan to protect everyone as much as possible.
“We know the layout is different and we know it will take time to adapt to it, but we believe the campaign and measures are the right thing for our airport and our passengers. We’re effectively welcoming people into our home and these changes are our way of providing them with confidence and reassurance, letting them know we care about and them and their journeys.
“We’ll continue to evaluate our approach as we go forward, and we encourage people to provide feedback and help us all flysafe.”
More information on the new measures can be seen at edinburghairport.com/flysafe.