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.”