Melbourne Airport in Australia has implemented new hygiene and safety improvements to aid passengers as they resume travelling amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airport has installed hand sanitiser units in all terminals near the check-in kiosks, lifts, and inside gate lounges. They are also located near the lifts in car parks and taxi ranks.

Antibacterial wipes are present inside the baggage reclaim area and near the trolley pick-up stations and food courts. As a result, passengers will be able to clean their luggage, trolleys and tables.

Physical distancing floor markings are also located at check-in, security screening and gate lounges.

In addition, the airport has spaced out its seating to ensure that passengers do not stay close to each other for a long time.

Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said: “We know some people may feel a little uncertain about air travel, which is why we have taken extra steps to introduce practical measures that will help make people feel safe across the airport.

“We have engaged with health professionals to review the terminal building and we will continue to work closely with our airline customers, stakeholders and government to monitor and implement relevant measures in response to Covid-19.

“Ultimately we all share in the responsibility to stop the spread of the coronavirus, so if anyone is feeling unwell they should not come to the airport at all.”

Melbourne Airport also stated that it has partnered with its contractors and staff to make sure that they adhere to safety protocols.

Last month, Melbourne Airport reported a year-on-year decrease of 98% in its April passenger numbers due to the Covid-19 lockdown.