Bahrain International Airport announces new health and safety initiatives

Bahrain International Airport

Bahrain International Airport (BIA) has rolled out additional health and safety initiatives, in line with Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs Advisory Circular (CAA), to ensure the safety of passengers and staff at the terminal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CAA guidelines complement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) latest guidelines for combating the virus, and support preventative measures recommended by the Ministry of Health. All measures will be regularly updated based on new findings.

CEO, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah commented: “Since the start of the pandemic, BAC has implemented a number of precautionary measures recommended by the Ministry of Health and worked closely with its partners at the airport to ensure the health of passengers and airport staff and the protection of public health in the Kingdom.

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“As the world moves towards the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resumption of flights, we are determined to put in place effective control measures to reassure and welcome both staff and passengers safely. We are taking careful steps to support the Kingdom’s aviation sector during this time. We remind passengers that they also have an important role to play in this process and look forward to their ongoing understanding and support,” Al Binfalah added.

In line with the new health and safety measures, access to the terminal is restricted to airport and airline staff and passengers, although exceptions will be made for those accompanying passengers with reduced mobility or unaccompanied minors.

Face masks are mandatory for all passengers and airport staff, and can be purchased from a PPE vending machine that also sells sanitiser and disposable gloves.

Passengers must now arrive three hours prior to their flight due to additional screening procedures. Temperature screenings are mandatory at all entry points to the terminal and before boarding, while social distancing measures are in place at the terminal and offices, with footprint stickers and seat blockers having been installed.

As well as general cleaning and a disinfection programme, all frequently touched surfaces are sanitised and plastic security trays are sanitised at the entry and exit of the security locations.