Monday, April 27, 2020

Cial prepares to receive evacuated passengers

Kochi: As the central government plans to airlift Indians stranded in other countries, Cochin International Airport Limited (Cial) has started taking measures to ensure social distancing and implement Covid-19 health protocol within the airport premises. Though the official decision is yet to be out regarding evacuation operations, Cial has already started implementing a slew of measures to smoothen the process in association with the state health department and district administration.
Officials have started painting temporary markings (black dots within yellow round) to ensure 1metre distance at all counters. As the cushioned-seats in the terminals cannot be sanitised frequently, Cial is buying separate plastic chairs for arriving passengers. Also, PPE kits will be provided to all personnel who would be in direct contact with passengers. A standard operation procedure to handle the passengers, right from deboarding the aircraft to leaving the airport premises, is under formulation.

“The official decision has to be taken by the central government on evacuation of Indians stranded abroad. But the airport has to be prepared if the restrictions are removed post lockdown. Terminals will be split into operational and non-operational, and handling capacity of the terminals will be reduced to one-third of normal capacity to avoid crowding. Health screening will be mandatory for all passengers and those symptomatic will be directly shifted to hospitals in special ambulances,” said a Cial spokesperson.
27/04/20 Times of India
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