Nigeria has stated some guidelines for local and international Flight passengers as the country plans ahead for post-COVID-19.
Speaking at an aviation webinar organized by Women in Aviation (WIA) Nigeria, with the theme: Aviation: The New Norm in the post-COVID-19, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Henrietta Yakubu, noted that passengers should expect delays and long hours of checks and re-checks right from when they arrive the airport and departs as the agency has put arrangements in place regarding passenger facilitation and what to expect.
According to her, escorts of Very Important Persons (VIPs) would no longer be allowed to follow their principals into the terminal and such principals would be subjected to all its health checks. She said passengers are expected to leave home early hours before their flights in order to go through the various checks before entering the terminal and after.
“We are going to expect flight delays; flights will experience delays because of checks and rechecks. If you are traveling, I will expect a potential traveler to leave home hours before his flight, why do I say this? Because there is going to be a lot of checks in front of the terminal.
We have been told that some activities and procedures will take place in front of the terminal. So air travelers are expected to leave home very early so that they can get to the airport on time, ” She said.
Yakubu further noted that the COVID-19 had brought a lot of changes to air travel and to ensure the safety of passengers and airport users the way of doing things before has to change, adding that the pandemic would make people cut down on non-essentials and lead to low demand of air travel.
She also explained that social distancing would be 100 percent, temperature screening, wearing of face masks, disinfection of shoes, and luggage of passengers would also be carried out 100 percent regardless of personalities in all airports in the country.
“There will be floor markings indicating where each passenger will wait on the queue, arriving passengers will also be subjected to temperature screening, physical distancing too will be observed while passengers are waiting by the carousel to pick up their luggage.
Passengers are expected to arrive at the airport with their face masks on, their luggage and pairs of shoes to be disinfected.
Passengers are expected to observe social/physical distancing. “Passengers will subject themselves to temperature screening and departure halls will be arranged in such a way that physical distancing too will be observed,” Yakubu said.
Meanwhile, The General Manager Customer Service/SERVICOM, FAAN, Ebele Okoye,
In her contribution, harped on the decongestion of the terminal building especially outside were all sorts of people who do not have business at the airport mill around.
According to her assertion, she said: In other to reduce contact, the days of opening people’s bags at the airport to search what is inside should be done away with. Okoye urged passengers to save themselves the stress of coming to the airport to buy tickets rather they
buy their tickets online, check-in online, and pay for their trolleys online to reduce the hours they would have to spend carrying out these activities.
“Social security can be done, online ticket purchase: I am sure that the airline will notify the people who purchase their ticket online to check-in online and decongest the terminal
building. There would be no hangers around, touts should be out of the airport, anyone not traveling should not be allowed to enter the airport.