Government advice is to avoid all unnecessary travel.
But as cities across Europe begin to spring back to life this week, with France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands opening their borders, Cork Airport has announced a laundry list of precautions that have been taken inside the terminal to ensure travelling from Cork is one of the cleanest passenger experiences in Europe.
“Everyone at Cork Airport stands ready to welcome passengers back to what has always been Ireland’s friendliest and easiest passenger experience as more of our routes are restored in the weeks and months ahead,” said Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy.
Starting on Tuesday, June 16th, a raft of new hygiene measures will be put in place as Cork Airport prepares to welcome passengers again in the coming weeks. Here are a few more new additions you can expect to see if you’re passing through this summer:
All contact surfaces throughout the terminal, including check-in counters, self-service kiosks and escalator handrails, are now cleaned every 60 minutes, with special attention paid to the area near the boarding gates. Multiple hand-sanitising units have also been placed at various locations throughout the terminal for both passengers and staff and new signage clearly lays out the rules on social and physical distancing.
Face mask vending machines
Passengers are strongly advised to wear a face mask throughout their entire travel journey, beginning at the departing airport, throughout the flight and until they have exited the airport terminal on arrival at their destination. If you forget your mask, they will be available for purchase at the airport where four new face mask vending machines are being installed this week. One vending machine will be located on the forecourt prior to entering the terminal.
Cork Airport has invested in five anti-viral fogging units, designed to disinfect and sanitise cabins and kill viruses on all surfaces.
500 new floor decals
A total of 500 new social distancing floor decals have been stuck in place. High tech queue management software will also produce an automated alert where space capacities are exceeded.
New security trays
They pass through the hands of everybody who is boarding the plane, so it’s no surprise that airport security trays have been found to be virtually teeming with nasty bacteria and viruses. Cork Airport has new security trays and with a Covid-19 tailored cleaning regime to ensure everything is sparkling clean and hygienic.
Only those travelling should enter the Departures or Check-in area of the terminal. Passengers are advised to check-in online via their airline’s website or mobile app before they arrive at the airport if possible. Plexiglass separation screens have been installed at all check-in desks for passengers who must manually check-in at the airport or drop off baggage.
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“Fly Cork when you do return to flying. You know it’s going to be easier,” added Mr Mac Carthy.