In recent times, the aviation industry has been hit by a Gargantua halt of operations. The industry was like a hell for the aviators and its partners.
All the airlines have grounded their aircraft due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barely 5 months of not operating, British Airways have outlined procedures and strategies to curtail the spread of the virus should the world airports are opened to traffic.
Read also: World Airports that are likely to open to traffic.
Read the statement issued by British Airways below
PREPARE FOR TRAVEL CHECKLIST
When the world opens up once more, British Airways is looking forward to welcoming you back on board.
When you’re ready to fly, there are a few things you can do to prepare for travel, as well as some new measures that we have introduced at the airport and onboard.
- We ask all customers to wear a face mask at all times during your journey. As a guide, a face mask could last up to 4 hours, so please make sure that you bring enough for the duration of your trip.
- Check local airport authority and government websites for requirements, as some airports now mandate you wear masks.
Before you fly
- Download the BA app or contact your travel agent, so you can check-in online and save your boarding pass (up to 8 on one device).
- Keep your details up to date on Manage My Booking in case we need to contact you.
- Keep hand luggage to a minimum, so it’s easier to move through the airport.
- Download the Press Reader app, to select from over 7,000 digital magazines and newspapers to read on the flight.
Arriving at the airport
- Observe safe distance markers throughout the airport to minimize contact with others.
- Arrive no earlier than 3 hours before a long haul or 2 hours before a short-haul flight.
- Check local airport authority for any additional requirements you may need to follow.
- Use the self-service bag drop (where available).
- You’ll also see new sanitizing stations throughout the terminal, please help yourself whenever you want.
- To minimize your time in security, please have your boarding pass ready.
- Prepare yourself before security by taking off belts, emptying your pockets, etc. and placing items in your hand baggage. Normal rules for liquids apply.
- Make your way to the boarding gate when it is displayed on-screen and Boarding is ‘open’.
- Listen carefully to the boarding process to minimize queueing at the gate, and please maintain safe distancing.
- Have your boarding pass and passport ready, to use self-boarding gates where available.
- Once onboard, remove essential items from your hand baggage to limit the number of times you need to move away from your seat.
- Please listen to the onboard announcements for any additional requirements during your journey.
Arrivals and Connections
- Maintain safe distance measures throughout the airport to baggage reclaim.
- Check local airport authority and government websites for additional requirements if you are connecting flights.
- From 8 June 2020, the UK government’s quarantine measures do not allow the transfer of international flights between London Heathrow and Gatwick or vice versa.
- Stay airside and go straight through Flight Connections if you are connecting flights within (not between) London Heathrow or London Gatwick.
14 Day Quarantine in the UK
Before you travel, please be aware that the UK Government has introduced new rules for customers arriving in the UK from 8 June. It’s now mandatory that you provide information about your journey alongside your contact details before you land here. When you arrive in the UK, you must self –isolate for 14 days at the place you are staying.
All residents or visitors traveling to the UK on or after 8 June must please go to www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for more information including exceptions.
Source: British Airways