The Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) has announced that it is ready to resume operations as soon as the lockdown caused by the CoronaVirus pandemic is released by the Government.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is ready for operations and several measures have been implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Standard Operating Procedures
Mumbai Airport has formulated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the safety of passengers.
One of the steps is continuous sanitisation of the spaces and maintaining social distancing norms. There will also be compulsory thermal screening of the passengers.
Mumbai airport will also set up temporary quarantine centres at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
According to the SOP, passengers can expect the following at the Mumbai International Airport:
1. Distinctive markings at both the terminals
2. Markings will be at the entry gate, check-in counters, self-check-in kiosks, security checkpoints, food courts, lounge area, and the boarding area amongst others
3. Passengers will be maintaining a 1.5 meters distance between each other
4. Sitting arrangements at the food court and terminal building have been rearranged
5. Screening will be conducted before anyone enters the terminal building
6. Those who show symptoms will be immediately taken to quarantine facilities
7. Hand sanitisers will be at all the touchpoints8. Airport personnel will assist passengers with boarding copy
“We are all geared up to welcome the passengers. The airport will be operating as usual with additional of prevention and precautionary measures to be followed for our own safety. We are sure the passengers are equally excited to take the flight to the respective destinations as before,” a senior official of the Mumbai Airport stated.
He also stated that passengers are expected to co-operate and wear masks and hand gloves throughout the flight duration.
The Mumbai Airport spokesperson said that the airport cleaning staff have been well trained to ensure effective cleaning procedures and to sanitise and disinfect the terminal buildings including the important places such as elevator buttons, escalators, and immigration counters.
In the initial stages of resumption of operations, the Mumbai Airport will be operating with 50 per cent of its total staff as per the directives from the Government of India.