Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has announced that it has implemented health measures in order to gradually resume transfer / transit services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
The airport authority has also made it mandatory for all the passengers, including departing, arriving and transfer / transit passengers, as well as airport staff, to wear face masks at all passenger accessible areas, beginning from 1 June and lasting until further notice.
AA Airport Operations executive director Vivian Cheung said: “On the basis of protecting health and safety of passengers and airport staff as our top priority, it is of paramount importance for HKIA as a major international aviation hub to resume transfer / transit services.
“We have been working closely with the government, airlines and our business partners to put in place a set of comprehensive measures to ensure a smooth resumption of transfer / transit services and a safe end-to-end journey for passengers.”
In addition, AA is implementing other preventive measures such as conducting body temperature screening for all passengers, including upon arrival.
All the transfer / transit passengers will be directed directly to the boarding gates for their connecting flights immediately and transfer / transit passengers will be given stickers at transfer points for identification purpose.
The authority also installed protective screens at service counters, including airline check-in counters and customer services centres. It has also set-up designated dining areas for transfer / transit passengers.
Airport officials also advised passengers to maintain a safe physical distance of at least 1.5m from each other when standing in queues.
It has placed alcohol-based hand rub dispensers around the airport and sanitising floor mats are available at each arrival gate and across the entire terminal.
AA has also asked airlines to implement pre-flight and in-flight safety measures, including basic health assessments such as checking passengers’ body temperatures before boarding at origin destinations.
According to the figures released by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), HKIA handled 1.9 million passengers during the month.
The passenger numbers show a year-on-year (YoY) decrease of 68%, mainly due to weak travel demand, as well as immigration restrictions and quarantine measures.