Australia’s Canberra Airport has announced that it will be closed on 22 and 29 August, due to the travel bans imposed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The airport added that it may also be closed on other Saturdays and Tuesdays in the future.
On 15 and 16 April, the airport first closed due to a lack of scheduled flights from the airlines operating from Canberra.
Canberra Airport Aviation head Michael Thomson stated that the airport is implementing different measures to revive domestic aviation travel to ensure that people are employed.
Thomson said: “We are calling on all governments within Australian to develop a national aviation recovery plan – a plan that adheres to health authority advice and one that allows people to travel based on a risk assessment and passengers meeting pre-requisites for travel.
“Pre-requisites may include Covid-19 testing, heat screening, mask-wearing and any number of other measures that we shouldn’t try to guess at now. What is important is that the discussion is had between the health officials, the aviation industry, and governments for a coordinated approach – and that it happens now before it is too late.
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“There are levels of risk for everything we do in life but in health, business, and our daily lives we manage risk and carry on – otherwise nothing would ever be achieved.”
He added that the aviation industry should adapt to living with Covid-19 in the world.
There have been no cases of Covid-19 transmission on Australian domestic flights.
The Australian Department of Health has reported more than 23,000 cases, over 7,900 of which are active cases.
The runway at Canberra Airport is open for general aviation, emergency flights, government and air force flights.
Last week, Canberra Airport announced the opening of Taxiway Bravo, which marks the completion of a 14-month project to boost aircraft safety.