THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said that the enforcement of its COVID-19 protocols for entry into and exits from the country’s major international hubs are still firm and uncompromising stressing that it is in charge of ensuring compliance of the airport protocols nationwide.
The airport managers made this known while stressing that FAAN is a key part of a bigger COVID-19 protocol machinery but cannot go beyond its brief given that it houses other agencies that are thick in the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
FAAN, in a statement by General manager Corporate communications, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu the airport managers recently beefed up safety protocols at all Airports, following the new wave of Covid-19, and a monitoring team was set up for each Airport to drive total compliance.
She also explained some of the major things FAAN is doing to ensure inbound passengers do not in any way find themselves mixing with either staff or other passengers stressing their commitment to ensure safe and healthy flights.
According to her, the airport managers have intensified entrance screening of passengers and are ensuring non passengers are not allowed into the terminals.
She also stated that passengers using the terminal and staff have separate access entry into the terminal coupled with the fact that FAAN has added more directional signage to make movement easy for passengers and general public
Among things that have been created to make facilitation easy, FAAN created drop off areas for passengers with reduced mobility and has also intensified baggage disinfecting before entering the terminals
The airport managers have also enhanced temperature screening of passengers and workers before entry into terminals using infrared scanner to ensure that they comply with the health protocols instituted by the Federal Ministry of Health stressing that all these are monitored by compliance and monitoring team.
Recall just last week, Airports Council International issued Health accreditation certificate to Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos International Airport at separate occasions, this is designed to reassure the travelling public of the safe precautions being taken to reduce any risks to their health as well as maintaining secure Airport Facilities.
The Airport health accreditation programme is designed to assess how aligned airports health measures are with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and ICAO Council Aviation Restart Task Force recommendations along with industry best practices.