Munich has announced that it is amongst the test airports nominated by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to set an example of safe travel during the COVID‑19 pandemic. EASA’s list also includes Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and Amsterdam, and all will demonstrate how to implement the recommendations devised by the EASA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
EASA’s recommended hygiene measures include wearing mandatory face coverings, maintaining social distancing wherever possible and providing hand sanitiser dispensers which must be put into practice as consistently as possible across Europe.
Munich Airport said particular attention has been focused upon making the check-in and baggage drop processes as contact-free as possible. All stages of air travel are being considered, starting at the moment passengers enter the airport building, continuing through the check-in, security and customs processes and extending to the time that passengers spend on board the aircraft. Consequently, in addition to the airports, numerous European airlines are involved in the EASA’s large-scale test programme.
Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport and president of ACI Europe, commented, “We have a special responsibility and want to help to raise health standards at European airports in line with aviation so that passengers can get to their destinations safely and healthily even amid the COVID-19 pandemic”.