Friday, April 24, 2020

Delhi airport gears up to handle post-lockdown challenges

New Delhi: Authorities at the Delhi airport are working round the clock to devise strategies on how they would handle passengers once the airport becomes operational after the lockdown ends.

The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) and GMR Group that run the Indira Gandhi International Airport say they are planning to deploy additional queue managers at kerb side (city side), check-in halls, security check areas and boarding gates. The idea is to maintain social distancing norms, they said.

Besides this, DIAL will also install auto-dispensing sanitisers at terminals.

"The Delhi airport is conducting training and assessments of key service personnel, run checks on major facilities, and performing risk evaluations to prepare for resuming operations," said Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, DIAL.

For the past few weeks, the airport operator has been conducting deep cleaning every day and a team of 500 professionals has been deployed to carry out frequent disinfection drive in the premises after every hour.

While domestic and international scheduled passenger flights have been suspended since the start of the lockdown in March, the Delhi airport has been operational. Every day several cargo flights and flights evacuating foreign nationals operate out of the airport. This has meant regular movement of people (though considerably less in number) at the airport.

Keeping this in mind, the Delhi airport has been conducting regular sanitisation of high contact surfaces such as desks, chairs, elevators, railings, CUSS, trolleys, handles, trays and baggage belts inside the terminals.

DIAL said this practice will continue even after the airport reopens. Apart from these, washrooms will be closed after every hour to sanitise all surfaces.
24/04/20 Poulomi Saha/India Today 
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