Holiday flights have not been possible for several months due to the coronavirus crisis. However, airlines are now resuming services as the UK’s lockdown eases. The government has issued advice to major carriers, including TUI, easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Jet2.
All airlines will have to make sure strict measures are followed to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Under new Government flight rules, face-to-face interactions between staff and passengers should be minimised.
Travellers have also been told to avoid taking hand luggage.
The government advice states: “You are strongly encouraged to check-in baggage to the aircraft hold and minimise any hand baggage.
“This will speed up boarding and disembarking and minimise the risk of transmission.”
It is not yet clear whether fees for putting luggage in the hold will be waived.
What’s more, jet-setters will have to wear a face mask.
Airlines are expected to rigorously clean their aircraft.
Availability of handwashing and hand sanitiser should also be increased.
Airports are also upping hygiene rules.
Gatwick is reopening its North Terminal this week.
Hand sanitiser stations, protective screens, regular deep cleaning and social distancing measures in place throughout the hub.
Face mask vending machines will also be made available.
Furthermore, the airport has installed Perspex screens throughout the terminals, including check in desks, and gate rooms.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport, said: “Having remained open throughout this pandemic the wellbeing and safety of our passengers and everyone that works at the airport remains our top priority.
“We have introduced a range of new social distancing and hygiene solutions to help this happen so we can all help protect each other when travelling through the airport.”
The UK government has also changed its travel advice to Britons as measures relax.
For many weeks now, the FCO has had a “COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice” in place.
This has now been updated.
The notice states: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review.”
Published at Mon, 15 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000