Turks and Caicos lays out plan for airport reopening

Turks and Caicos lays out plan for airport reopening

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The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) on Friday announced its plans to maintain the safety, health and well-being of passengers and stakeholders when the airports are reopened.

Together with the local Health Ministry, new protocols have been instituted to disinfect common areas at the airport and encourage users to adopt proper hand hygiene.

The following is a list of new protocols to be observed at the airports:

  • All persons are required to wear face masks in order to receive services at the airport.
  • All staff members must be equipped with masks and shields to safely interact with passengers.
  • The Ministry of Health will continue to have a presence at the facility to monitor operations as well as monitor arriving passengers.
  • New positioning has been set out for Immigration Booths in addition to guard shields.
  • New hand sanitizer stations have been added to the facility in order to better facilitate hand hygiene.
  • All stakeholders will be reminded to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds several times a day (every 30-45 minutes) with announcements being made on the loud speaker.
  • Airport staff have increased cleaning frequencies at rest rooms and hot spots.
  • Airlines are encouraged to practice social distancing in flight.
  • Social distancing reminders and signs will be erected throughout the facility.
  • Six Feet (6 ft) floor dots will be visible inside and outside of the Terminal to maintain social distancing requirements.
  • Seating decals will be placed throughout the Departure Lounges to block out seats that do not fit social distancing standards.
  • All retailers and airlines have been encouraged to institute proper disinfecting protocols for their immediate areas and aircrafts.
  • Special efforts will be made to stagger flights to minimize clusters on arrival and departures.
  • Security Officers will be cleaning bins after each use and sanitizing persons upon entry into security areas.
  • Security Officers will insist that passengers remove all items from their pockets and body in order to expedite movement through the walk-through metal detector.
  • Passengers will be allowed to carry up to 12 oz/ 350ml of alcohol-based sanitizer through Security Check Points.
  • Travelers should arrive to the airport earlier than usual to navigate through the new measures.
  • Passengers that have been feeling ill are asked to avoid travel and alert their health care professional.

CEO of the TCIAA, John Smith, in a press statement said, “we appreciate all efforts being made by the Government, Health officials and all of our partners that are doing their best to keep travel safe for everyone. These measures have been instituted in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

The new protocols are being adopted to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection to travelers and employees when airport operations resume.

Air travel all around the world has been disrupted by the dreaded coronavirus pandemic which saw the closure of airports and grounding of vast numbers of aircraft.

The suspension of flight operations in Turks and Caicos is set to expire on June 1, 2020 at 1000 GMT (6 a.m. local time).

Turks and Caicos Islands NOTAM A0046/20

8 Comments

  • julian biggs says:

    May 23, 2020 at 11:50 am

    So is the airport re-opening on June 2nd?

    • PLS Airport says:

      May 23, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      There is no definitive word on the opening yet.

  • Dave McCartney says:

    May 25, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I assume the NOTAM needs to be revised with a new date if airport is not opened June 1? Otherwise aircrew will assume opened.

  • Stephanie says:

    May 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    The website still says June 1st opening but I have also read that it will not open on June 1st. We have flights booked for July 6th for our honeymoon and have no heard from the airlines about any changes or cancellations. Where can we find the latest updates and information? And when can we expect a decision to be made on the opening date?

  • Matthew Norris says:

    May 28, 2020 at 7:11 am

    Any update on re-opening?

    • PLS Airport says:

      May 29, 2020 at 9:08 am

      PLS airport will be reopened on July 22.

  • Patrick says:

    May 29, 2020 at 11:18 am

    We have our honeymoon flight into PLS on the morning of June 14. Does PLS Airport think that the airport will not be open by then? Will there be a new NOTAM with more information as the old NOTAM expires? Thanks!

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