Government publishes covid19 guidance for safer air travel

Added 15/06/2020

In a sign that international travel may be on the cards very soon, the government has published Covid19 safety guidelines for airlines, airports and air passengers.  

The guidelines which were drawn up in collaboration with the aviation industry and public health experts closely follow the rules which were published by EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency last month.

Here are some of the key requirements for air passengers: 

In the airport

  • Non passengers will not be allowed to enter the airport
  • Face coverings should be worn in the airport and on board the aircraft.
  • Be aware of what surfaces you touch eg. Baggage trolley handle, self-check-in, security tray
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds, or use sanitizer after touching surfaces
  • Try to keep 2 metres away from other people as much as possible
  • Avoid walking around the airport and coming into contact with other people unnecessarily 

On the aircraft

  • Protocols could be different on different flights due to the type of aircraft and the requirements of your destination.  You should always follow the instructions of crew members.
  • Baggage should be checked into the hold with hand luggage kept to a minimum
  • Remain in your seat as much as possible
  • Be aware that there may be a reduced food and drinks service
  • Pay using contactless methods

You can read the full covid19 safety guidance for air passengers here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-air-travel-guidance-for-passengers