Bahrain International Airport implements new safety measures
Passengers will need to arrive to the airport up to three hours in advance of departure due to additional screening procedures
The Bahrain International Airport (BIA) is rolling out additional health and safety measures to protect the wellbeing of passengers and staff at its terminals, according to the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), which has announced the initiative in line with the In line with the Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs Advisory Circular.
Passengers will need to arrive to the airport up to three hours in advance of departure due to additional screening procedures put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. The measures will be regularly updated based on new scientific findings as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
In line with the new health and safety measures, access to the terminal is restricted to airport and airline staff and passengers, although exceptions will be made for those accompanying passengers with reduced mobility or unaccompanied minors.
Wearing face masks is mandatory for all passengers and airport staff at the airport and these can be obtained from PPE vending machine that also offers hand sanitisers, and disposable gloves.
Temperature screening is also mandatory at all entry points to the terminal and before boarding. Passengers must adhere to social distancing measures at the terminal and offices, and footprint stickers and seat blockers are in place to remind them to keep their distance.
The state-run Bahrain News Agency also added that there is a general cleaning and approved disinfection programme in place, and all frequently touched surfaces will be sanitised. The plastic security trays will also be sanitised at the entry and exit of the security check locations.
Commenting on the measures, the BAC Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah said: “Since the start of the pandemic, BAC has implemented a number of precautionary measures recommended by the Ministry of Health and worked closely with its partners at the airport to ensure the health of passengers and airport staff and the protection of public health in the Kingdom.
“As the world moves towards the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resumption of flights, we are determined to put in place effective control measures to reassure and welcome both staff and passengers safely.”