Abu Dhabi Airports has increased precautionary measures at key travel hubs in the UAE to ensure the safety of passengers as Etihad Airways begins to operate the UAE’s first inbound flights since they were suspended in March.
Abu Dhabi Airports said in a statement that it is supporting global efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic by ensuring the safe, secure and efficient transport of essential supplies and equipment through Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Precautionary measures include thermal screening at passenger and staff entrances, free Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for passengers and employees, workforce cluster management and regular risk assessments, enforcement of social distancing guidelines and roster realignment to ensure ample staffing at all times, in addition to the frequent sterilisation of workspaces and common areas throughout airport facilities.
Shareef Al Hashmi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “This is a critical time for the aviation sector and our nation as we come together to combat the global Covid-19 pandemic. We do not take this responsibility lightly and have mobilised special teams to enhance our cargo operations and facilitate the necessary repatriation and humanitarian flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport.”
Abu Dhabi Airports said it is coordinating and collaborating with all relevant authorities including the Abu Dhabi Government, General Civil Aviation Authority, Department of Health, and Ministry of Health and Prevention to ensure every available precautionary measure is being taken to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees, stakeholders and passengers.