As Riga Airport reopens for regular flights, passengers' body temperature will be measured and they will required to wear face masks

  • 2020-05-13
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - As Riga International Airport reopens for regular flights, passengers' body temperature will be measured and they will required to wear face masks, Ilze Salna, a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party), informed LETA.

Linkaits paid a working visit to the airport on Wednesday to make sure its infrastructure and procedures have been adapted for work in the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic in order to provide maximum protection to passengers, staff and the airport's business partners. 

The airport's workgroup, which has developed and implemented the airport's program for safe flying during the Covid-19 pandemic, has followed the recommendations provided to the aviation industry by Latvian and global health institutions and international aviation organizations. 

"During the virus pandemic, It is essential to provide to the airport's passengers, staff and  business partners maximum protection and reassurance that the airport has carefully considered all the necessary protective measures," the transport minister said.

At the same time, Riga Airport is expected to maintain a high level of its services and follow through with all the previous security procedures. The airport has to be the cooperation and communication center for the businesses operating at the airport, employees and clients to ensure compliance with uniform health safety guidelines. 

During his visit to the airport, Linkaits learned about the airport's program intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The set of measures include providing employees with personal protective equipment (PPE), increased cleaning and disinfection of premises, surfaces and workplaces, as well as making disinfection products available to the passengers. 

As the airport reopens for regular passenger service, it has proposed wearing face masks or other face covers mandatory at the airport's passenger terminal. Passengers who will have arrived at the airport without a face cover, will be able to buy a mask at the entrance. The airport's administration also believes that it would be necessary to ensure passengers' health checks in collaboration with healthcare institutions. 

Latvia's airBaltic national carrier is ready to provide equipment and personnel for measuring the body temperature of both arriving and departing passengers.