A recent report from EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) includes recommendations for health and safety-related measures that should be implemented at European airports. Finavia has joined the initiative and signed a commitment to follow the instructions at Helsinki Airport. The situation and measures will also be reported to EASA.
"The safety of passengers and airport employees is of the utmost importance to us, so we want to ensure that passengers can safely fly in and out of our airport. We hope that it will also promote the recovery of air traffic," says Ulla Lettijeff, Airport Director at Helsinki Airport, Finavia.
According to Lettijeff, most of the measures, such as the use of masks, safe distance stickers, intensified cleaning and communications about good hand, coughing and sneezing hygiene have already been implemented during the winter and spring.
“We are happy to share experiences and information with EASA as we believe that transparency and collaboration are important factors to survive the coronavirus pandemic and promote safety,” she continues.
In addition to EASA’s recommendations, Finavia also follows guidelines and regulations from the Finnish Government and health authorities and, if necessary, carries out its own active measures to slow down the spread of the virus and ensure safety and hygiene. For example, at the moment, there are no recommendations for measuring passengers’ temperature in Finland because it has not been possible to scientifically prove the impact of that measure.