IGI Airport ready to welcome flyers in ‘safe and healthy environment’

Several measures, including installation of automatic hand sanitiser, in place

IGI Airport ready to welcome flyers in ‘safe and healthy environment’

A man wearing a protective face mask is seen at the baggage sanitising zone at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, in New Delhi, May 23, 2020. Reuters

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 23

Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here in the national capital has all been geared up to provide a “safe and healthy environment” to passengers flying out of the aviation facility from May 25, when the domestic commercial flights resume operations after a gap of nearly two months of COVID-induced grounding.

Aiming to distribute passenger load in the departure forecourt, the airport operator-DIAL has moved from current system of all gates for all airlines to allocation of designated gates to airlines to enter into the terminal building.

According to the government’s decision, domestic flight operations will resume from May 25 after remaining suspended for about two months, following nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.

DIAL has taken several measures including installation of automatic hand sanitiser at various places, putting floor markers, allocation of entry gates and check-in islands for departure passengers to encourage compliance of social distancing norms and minimise human contact at the airport.

The whole process has been designed to ensure highest level of safety without compromising on passenger comfort, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL said.  “Delhi Airport is all set to open for commercial flight operations after two-month shut-down.  We would like to assure passengers that at Delhi airport, they would be in a safe and healthy environment. We have implemented several unique initiatives at the airport to ensure passengers safety without compromising their comfort and experience,” he said.

For entry into the airport

  • To distribute passenger load in the departure forecourt, DIAL has allocated designated gates to airlines for passengers to enter into the terminal building.
  • Aarogya Setu App on passengers’ phones, prior to reaching the airport/at the forecourt itself
  • Thermal screening of passengers as per Government guidelines

At the check-in

  • Check-in islands have been aligned to ensure smooth flow of passengers from forecourt into check-in to security
  • In order to avoid close contact and crowding at the counters, passengers will be encouraged to check-in at home or use self-service facilities such as self-check-in facility, self-bag tag facility, scan & fly, etc.

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