Airport launches safe travel measures as airlines begin to resume flights

Brad Miller

Manchester Airport is advising customers of a range of new safety measures, as flying resumes to a range of destinations from today (June 22).

The UK’s third largest gateway has been carrying out a trial of measures for a numbers of weeks, ahead of official government guidance being confirmed last week.

Now, it has updated its advice to passengers so they know how to prepare for their journeys and what to expect when they get to the airport.

The security and wellbeing of all of Manchester Airport’s passengers and staff remains its number one priority, which is why it says it has introduced a range of safety measures to allow people to travel with confidence.

These include wearing face coverings, enhanced cleaning, bookable security slots and temperature checks, among other things.

Through a mix of graphics, posters, animations and social media content the airport has summarised these into handy hints for passengers to easily digest, which include:

  • Don’t travel to the airport if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or someone in your household is self-isolating.
  • Check the latest government advice regarding travel to your destination and any requirements for returning passengers, such as quarantine. Check the status of your flight with your airline.
  • Prepare for your journey by considering what you might need every step of the way. Do you need to leave extra time to get to the airport? Do you have the PPE you need to travel on public transport? Could you make your airport experience easier by booking a slot to pass through security?
  • Protect others by only entering the terminal if you are a travelling passenger or working at the airport. This will help us with everything we are doing to keep customers and colleagues safe, particularly enabling others to maintain a safe distance between each other wherever possible.
  • Keep your distance from others while in the terminal. Social distancing won’t always be possible in an airport and there are many other measures to keep you safe. However, it is important you keep a respectful distance from other airport users wherever you can.
  • Cover your face at all times across the airport campus. In line with government guidance, and following a trial of various measures at Manchester Airport, all colleagues and customers are asked to wear face coverings within the terminal, on airport buses and throughout the campus. Customers should bring their own, face covering.
  • Wash your hands regularly. The most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is hand-washing with soap and water, but extra hand sanitiser will be available throughout the airports
  • Be reassured by the other steps we are taking across the airport to keep you safe. We are cleaning all surfaces on a rolling basis; trialling UV cleaning technology on escalator handrails and installing protective screens in busy customer areas, among other measures.
  • Help us by supporting the trials we are conducting into other potential safety measures at the airport. This includes the trialing of temperature testing equipment at the entrance to security.

Brad Miller, chief operating officer at Manchester Airport, said: “As we see the return of more airlines and destinations for our passengers to fly to, it becomes even more important to ensure our passengers feel safe and have the latest information to hand before they travel.

“We’ve been trialing a lot of safety measures for the last month to ensure they are appropriate and firmly in place ahead of airlines ramping up their operations. We are confident we have the right mix of things in place to facilitate safe travel and allow passengers to fly with confidence.

“As well as having all our safety measures in place, we also ask that all passengers play their part in keeping themselves and others secure. This includes coming to the airport in a face covering and keeping a sensible distance from others when possible across the airport campus.

“I’d like to thank all our passengers for continuing to abide by the measures in place during these uncertain times, and also thank all our staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure safe travel for all.”

A range of carriers have already announced or re-started some of their operations from Manchester.

Just last week saw the first flight to Dubai resume with Emirates, plus today sees Eastern Airways resume its Southampton service and Swiss Airlines’ flights to Zurich.

From this week passengers will also benefit from Ryanair increasing its operations, in addition to its Dublin service, the following routes will also recommence: Lanzarote, Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona, Milan, Budapest, Rome, Brussels, Faro, Ibiza, Lisbon, Madrid, Palma, Prague, Berlin, and Tenerife.

A range of carriers have maintained a limited flying programme throughout in order to ship much needed cargo and to allow people to get home to friends and family. These include: Air France, KLM, Aer Lingus, Eurowings, Loganair, Lufthansa, PIA, and Qatar Airways.

As passenger volumes begin to increase, from July 1, Manchester Airport will re-open Terminal Three to spread out the number of people and allow people to maintain and keep a sensible distance. Airlines that will revert to Terminal Three from July 1, are: British Airways, Ryanair, Air France, KLM, Eastern Airways, and Loganair.