Temperature checking among new measures at Edinburgh Airport

Measures introduced at airport also include one-way system and hand sanitising stations.

'Fly safe': Measures introduced at Edinburgh Airport.
'Fly safe': Measures introduced at Edinburgh Airport.

A one-way system, hand sanitising stations and temperature checking technology have been introduced at Edinburgh Airport as airlines begin to restart operations.

The measures are intended to “provide passengers with reassurance and confidence” as they consider travelling by plane during the coronavirus pandemic.

The one-way colour-coded system aims to manage flow and social distancing within the airport, while hand sanitising stations have been installed inside and outside of the building.

Protective screens have also been put in place at check-in, security and arrivals, as well as a trial of temperature checking technology for departing passengers.

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Staff will wear face coverings and personal protective equipment in passenger facing areas.

Enhanced cleaning schedules and fogging machines to disinfect trollies and wheelchairs have been brought in.

There has also been a deep cleaning of security trays and new anti-viral trays introduced.

Signage at the airport will explain to people where they need to go.

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Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “We know how important it is to provide passengers with reassurance and confidence as they look to return to travel and we’ve spent a lot of time looking at how we do that by making improvements to our operation.

“The steps we have taken will allow people to get moving safely and reopen our economy by providing that connectivity that our airlines are rebuilding.

“We all have a part to play in this recovery and we must make sure we do that by encouraging people to fly safe.”

Adam Wilson, operations director at the airport, added: “Although we never want to see a near empty airport, we’ve utilised the time to closely look at the terminal and surrounding areas and come up with a plan to protect everyone as much as possible.

“We know the layout is different and we know it will take time to adapt to it, but we believe the campaign and measures are the right thing for our airport and our passengers.”