EASA to use Brussels Airport to pilot Covid-19-related recommendations

4 June 2020 (Last Updated June 4th, 2020 12:13)

European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has selected Brussels Airport in Belgium as one of the pilot airports for implementing Covid-19-related operational recommendations.

EASA to use Brussels Airport to pilot Covid-19-related recommendations
View of Brussels Airport while landing on runway 25R. Credit: Lucash.

European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has selected Brussels Airport in Belgium as one of the pilot airports for implementing Covid-19-related operational recommendations.

The move is part of EASA’s plan to implement and monitor a series of measures in certain airports and to devise the best practices for air travel.

The EASA guidelines are developed in consultation with European aviation and public health authorities.

Currently, Brussels Airport is preparing itself to resume operations after three months of limited activity.

The airport has already introduced several measures to ensure safety and mitigate Covid-19 contagion risks.

It is also set to implement systematic body temperature checks after commercial aviation resumes. The step will involve the installation of thermal cameras to detect elevated body temperatures among people, as well as to identify passengers without face masks.

The cameras will be installed on the curb in front of the departures hall to check all passengers entering the terminal.

A mobile body temperature monitoring unit will also be deployed to carry out temperature-checks for arriving passengers.

In addition, social distancing measures will be implemented and followed at the airport.

Apart from passengers and staff, the airport will also prohibit the entry of other people into the terminal to reduce risks.

Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist said: “Brussels Airport is preparing actively for an expected increase in passenger traffic as soon as intra-European borders will open up again.

“Systematic body temperature controls of the passengers will be set up as from 15 June. This control is in addition to all the health measures already taken to allow passengers to travel at ease.”

The airport has also increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection procedures and placed hand sanitiser dispensers around the terminal for use.