Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California, the US, has set up a Resiliency Task Force to evaluate all aspects of its management and operations to ensure short and long-term sustainability amid the Covid-19 crisis.

The Resiliency Task Force directs members of the airport’s operational teams to help minimise the spread of the disease.

It also convenes them to help encourage and plan for safe air travel, and establish comfort among travellers.

Oakland International Airport Aviation director Bryant Francis said: “I am extremely proud of how well my team at OAK and our many business partners have adapted, working together to ensure that safe travel remains available to and from Oakland International.

“I am confident in our ability to move forward together effectively and successfully, and believe that OAK will remain a critical gateway for Bay Area residents and visitors as we prepare for a newly imagined future inclusive of air travel.”

At present, OAK is working with law enforcement partners to implement necessary measures and educate the public to enable the safety of passengers and employees at the airport.

The Resiliency Task Force is currently working towards facilitating additional safety measures, including the installation of social distancing markers and adjusted gate, seating, and staffing plans to enable social distancing and safe queuing assistance for security checkpoint lines.

A temporary suspension of high-exposure operations, including the taxi-stands, employee shuttle bus services, and operation of the Volunteer Ambassadors Program, is also part of the intended measures.

Other initiatives include the adoption of new cleaning and disinfecting supplies and practices, deploying plexiglass guards for Terminal 1 ticket counters, boarding gate counters, and Customs and Border Protection counters for international arrivals.