Covid-19: Emirates implements safety measures

22 April 2020 (Last Updated April 22nd, 2020 11:59)

Dubai-based airline Emirates has increased health measures at Dubai International Airport and on board its aircraft to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Covid-19: Emirates implements safety measures
Emirates implements physical distancing protocols at check-in. Credit: The Emirates Group.

Dubai-based airline Emirates has increased health measures at Dubai International Airport and on board its aircraft to limit the spread of Covid-19.

According to the airline, all cabin crew, boarding agents and ground staff who come in contact with passengers will have to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

The PPE includes a protective disposable gown, a safety visor, mask and gloves.

All passengers and employees will have to wear gloves and masks at the airport. They will also have to undergo thermal scanning to measure their temperature.

Emirates has added floor markings to maintain social distancing at the waiting areas, check-in counters and boarding areas.

To provide additional protection to passengers and check-in staff, the airport has put up protective barriers at each check-in desk.

Emirates has pre-allocated the seats for passengers, with vacant seats placed between family groups or individual passengers to enforce social distancing.

Passengers will receive food and beverages in bento-style boxes to minimise contact between the crew and customers. The boxes will include sandwiches, beverages, snacks and desserts.

Passengers will not be permitted to carry cabin baggage except a laptop, handbag, briefcase or childcare items.

The airline added that, after each journey, all aircraft will undergo enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes at Dubai Airport.

Emirates Airlines and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) partnered to introduce rapid coronavirus (Covid-19) tests for passengers.

Emirates also announced its plans to increase its service offering to more cities to aid people to return to their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has so far killed more than 177,000 people and infected over 2.5 million globally.