Ahead of July 8, 2020 set for commencement of domestic flights, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) has released new procedural guidelines for air travelers and other airport users.
Its spokesperson and General Manager Public Affairs; Mrs Henrietta Yakubu who disclosed this said the new guidelines were part of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) aimed at protecting all stakeholders and preventing further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
According to Yakubu, who described the guidelines as “New Normal”, departing passengers must arrive the airport properly kitted with their face mask on.
She said the new regime also stipulates that passengers must ensure a minimum of one point five meters physical distancing just as Aviation Medical/Port Health personnel are directed to screen each passenger and ensure the use of face mask.
In the “New Normal”, departing passengers must comply with the following guidelines;
-All passengers MUST arrive the airport properly kitted with their FACE MASKS ON
-They MUST also ensure a minimum of one point five meters (1.5m) PHYSICAL DISTANCING
-Aviation Medical/Port Health personnel would screen each passenger and ensure the use of FACE MASKS
-Those travelling with pets MUST get necessary clearance from Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services
-All passengers’ luggage WOULD be DISINFECTED before entry into the departure halls,
-Passengers are required to WASH their HANDS as often as possible
-HAND SANITIZER would be provided for passengers before entrance, at the waiting halls/lounges and pre-boarding gates
-All footwear would be DISINFECTED/SANITIZED by FOOT MATS placed at all entrances to the terminal building, amongst others.
For arriving passengers, the following guidelines MUST be adhered to;
-On disembarkation from the aircraft, passengers would observe PHYSICAL DISTANCING as they board the Co-Buses (Hand Sanitizer would be provided in the buses)
-PHYSICAL DISTANCING protocols MUST be observed at the BAGGAGE claim area, where HAND SANITIZER is also provided, DISINFECTED trolleys would be made available for passengers
-All Covid-19 protocols MUST be observed while undergoing CUSTOMS check
-Passengers would exit the halls and head straight to the car park for pick up
-If you MUST speak to anyone around, please speak to a properly tagged Aviation Security (AVSEC) officer, PHYSICAL DISTANCING would be maintained while waiting to be screened by personnel of PORT HEALTH SERVICES, amongst others.