This Coronavirus pandemic has affected the whole world’s economy. Dubai, being a global business and transportation hub also cannot stay away from this rampant. Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest and well managed airport. It’s unpredictable when this epidemic will be under control and return back to pre-covid suitations. Dubai Airports has recently put forward the recovery plans for the post Covid-19 period.
Dubai Airports must be very careful on the cleaning and sanitization to gain the passengers’ trust as well as must ensure the physical distance and thermal screening setting the highest priority for the passengers and employees’ health. To ensure the safety measure, it has arranged personal protective equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and airport squad. It has announced the preparation of restoring operations at Dubai International by controlling the cost, enhancing liquidity and operating cargo and repatriation flights.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is of a very different nature than any previous crisis in that it has affected supply, demand and health security and by extension the entire global economy.”
According to a recent report from Dubai International Airport the passengers has dropped by 19.8% i.e. 17.8 million passengers in the first quarter of 2020.
Dubai Airports has approved to re-open the airspace by UAE authorities and Dubai government also has decided to allow UAE residents for travelling from and to Dubai International and low/medium covid-19 risk countries by June 23 and July 7, 2020 respectively. Arrangements for PCR test upon arrival in DXB also have been made if required in case. Recently, the passengers are advised to get a Covid-19 negative certificate which is valid up to 96 hours from the time of PCR testing for entering DXB. All passengers are requested to put on a mask and gloves, maintain physical distance and not to reach the airport more than 4 hours earlier than the scheduled flights for public safety.
Traveling will surely be different than it was, but covid-19 pandemic has obviously taught a great lesson for sanitation and hygiene. Screening of coronavirus will surely be a part of travel unless a vaccine is available worldwide.