Newcastle unveils 10-point plan to reopen

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Newcastle International Airport has announced measures to ensure it can reopen safely on June 1.

Operations will resume with six flights a week operated by Loganair to Aberdeen in Scotland and five a week to Amsterdam, Netherlands, operated by KLM.

Later in June, easyJet will operate up to four flights a week to Belfast, and Eastern Airways will fly to Aberdeen up to six times a week and operate double-daily weekday flights to Southampton.

Loganair will add six flights a week to Southampton and Air France will operate up to five flights a week to Paris.

Newcastle’s 10-point plan is:

  • Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms or who has a household member self-isolating should not come to the airport;
  • Only parking lots without human touchpoints are open;
  • Temperature testing technology will be trialled;
  • Face masks must be worn in the terminal building;
  • Only passengers and staff can enter the airport;
  • Cleaning and hygiene will be upgraded;
  • Social distancing will be enforced where possible;
  • No shops or restaurants will operate;
  • Customer-facing staff will receive COVID-19 prevention training;
  • Measures to keep staff safe.

Nick Jones, CEO of Newcastle International Airport, said, “This has been a very challenging period for aviation so it is pleasing that we are now taking cautious and carefully planned steps forward.”

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