Delhi Airport has launched a complete record of pointers and SOPs (normal working procedures) for passengers and workers in anticipation of flight operations being restarted after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted. Flight operations will initially solely be allowed in Terminal 3, an airport official informed information company PTI on Sunday.
The measures, meant to stop additional unfold of the COVID-19 virus, embrace marked areas inside and outside terminals and airport buses to make sure social distancing, widespread provision of hand sanitisers, thermal screening of all passengers and thorough disinfection of bags carts/trolleys.
In addition, all passenger baggage can be handed by way of UV disinfection tunnels at each level of departure and arrival.
All flight operations, home and worldwide, have been suspended from March because of the lockdown to interrupt the chain of transmission of the virus. The lockdown, which had been scheduled to finish right this moment, has been prolonged by two weeks, the Union Home Ministry stated earlier this week.
On Saturday the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) issued a round extending ban on flights until May 17 – the scheduled finish of the third part of the lockdown.
Once flights are allowed to renew, an essential change for passengers is the transfer from the “all gates, all airlines” system practiced pre-lockdown (below which passengers might enter terminals from any gate) to “allocation of gates by airlines to distribute passenger load in (the) forecourt”.
Under the revised system every airline is allotted a sure variety of check-in rows and entry gates, and passengers for one airline won’t be allowed to make use of amenities designated for an additional.
Under the revised guidelines, home airways will function from check-in rows A to H and entry gates 1 to five. International flights will function from check-in rows J, Ok, L and M and entry gates 6, 7 and eight.
Visitors entry into all terminals can be prohibited.
In two detailed flowcharts the doc, titled “Delhi Airport COVID-19 Exit Plan, also identifies several possible “touchpoints”, i.e., factors the place passengers and/or workers might have contact with different individuals or with surfaces on which lively strains of the COVID-19 virus could also be lingering.
These embrace baggage carts/trolleys, check-in/baggage drop counters, safety verify zones, shops and kiosks within the departure lounge, and departure gates.
Similarly, on arrival there are a variety of “touchpoints”, resembling the bags belt (and ready space), baggage carts/trolleys and arrival areas exterior the terminal from the place cabs and different public transportation could also be accessed.
SOP can also be being labored out with cab suppliers for disinfection of cabs earlier than use on the airport, the doc provides, whereas related SOP for metro and different modes of transportation can be initiated.
The doc, which repeatedly mentions the necessity for social distancing and highlights pre-planned seating preparations in all areas, additionally has “strict and stringent SOP for F&B, lounges, retail and all other non-aero areas”.
It additionally encourages using contactless fee to avail of all amenities on the airport.
While these measures are particular to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, related pointers and SOPs are prone to be enforced in any respect airports within the nation.
Across India almost 40,000 COVID-19 circumstances have been reported with 1,301 deaths linked to the virus. As per Union Health Ministry information this morning, the nation noticed its largest single-day spike within the variety of new circumstances and deaths, with 2,644 circumstances and 83 deaths reported.
With enter from PTI