Bahrain International Airport (BIA) has implemented additional health and safety measures to safeguard the wellbeing of passengers and staff amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

This move follows the Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs Advisory Circular, which adheres to guidelines from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in regards to preventing the further spread of the coronavirus.

The preventive measures will be updated depending on new findings as the crisis evolves.

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) CEO Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah said: “Since the start of the pandemic, BAC has implemented a number of precautionary measures recommended by the Ministry of Health and worked closely with its partners at the airport to ensure the health of passengers and airport staff and the protection of public health in the Kingdom.

“As the world moves towards the recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resumption of flights, we are determined to put in place effective control measures to reassure and welcome both staff and passengers safely.

“We are taking careful steps to support the Kingdom’s aviation sector during this time. We remind passengers that they also have an important role to play in this process and look forward to their ongoing understanding and support.”

The airport has restricted terminal access for airport and airline staff and passengers.

It has also mandated the use of face masks for all airport staff and passengers. In addition, it has installed PPE vending machines that are stocked with hand sanitiser and disposable gloves.

Passengers have been asked to arrive around three hours before flight departure to accommodate additional screening procedures.

Temperature screening has been made compulsory at all terminal entry points and before boarding.

Passengers are required to follow social distancing measures. Stickers and seat blockers have been installed to ensure that distance is maintained.

The airport is also carrying out additional cleaning for all frequently touched surfaces.