London Southend Airport in the UK has reopened its terminal to passengers after it was closed for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The terminal will be following new measures to safeguard the health of passengers and employees in the airport.
Stobart Aviation CEO Glyn Jones said: “We have worked extremely hard to ensure measures are in place to create a biosphere within the terminal, delivering confidence to our customers.
“As London’s most modern airport, the terminal design and space supports social distancing and allows approximately 17 square metres per passenger during busy times.”
During the suspension of passenger flights, the airport continued to operate cargo and repatriation flights.
Passenger services will restart during this month with flights from airline partners such as Ryanair, Wizz Air and Flyone.
In addition, a new route to Norway will commence next month with Wideroe.
The airport has introduced different safety measures and mandated the use of face coverings. It also stated that only those who are travelling will be permitted inside the terminal.
It has also implemented enhanced cleaning and installed bio-screens at all face-to-face locations.
The airport has set up hand sanitisation stations at every 20 paces of its terminal and has installed temperature cameras and a new security scanner.
Glyn said: “We are reducing touch points throughout the journey to limit potential spread of the virus, deep cleaning will take place nightly whilst the cleaning team will be sanitising handrails and surfaces throughout the day.
“We are committed to safety and continue discussions for further investments into innovations for the airport.”
European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has identified London Southend Airport as a low risk airport, making it the only London airport with such a certification.