Sunday, 17 May 2020

airBaltic adds new health measures on its flights

Latvian airline airBaltic has confirmed it will resume direct flights from all three of the Baltic capitals Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius from 18th May.

The airline will fly from Vilnius to Riga and Tallinn. The destinations from Riga include Frankfurt, Oslo, Tallinn and Vilnius. The revised schedule from Tallinn features Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Riga and Vilnius. 

As part of the carriers new schedule, it will implement a series of new health measures, including taking passengers’ body temperatures before the security checkpoint, anyone with a temperature above 37.8°C will be denied boarding. The airline will also require all passengers to wear a protective face mask at all times onboard the aircraft.

Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Safety and health of our passengers, our employees and the society stand above all. We at airBaltic are working hard to ensure that you can travel safely, flexibly, and with confidence. We also count on our passengers’ responsibility that they only fly when they are healthy. Only together we make sure that the travel is safe and healthy. Our dedicated and professional airBaltic team will continue work in order to safeguard airline’s smooth operations.”

The aircraft cabin disinfection will be done with increased regularity. All passengers on board of airBaltic aircraft will be provided with a complimentary basic care kit consisting of a protective face mask and disinfection wipes.

Cabin crew members will be wearing a protective face mask and gloves. airBaltic cabin crew are instructed on the steps that have to be taken in case of some passengers on board might be infected with coronavirus, and all aircraft are equipped with the necessary preventive equipment. Additionally, airline will introduce an adjusted inflight service, replacing inflight magazines with disposable information on hygiene and catering menu.

According to the World Health Organization, there is minimal risk of any communicable disease being transmitted onboard an aircraft. The quality of cabin air is carefully controlled and is recirculated with ventilation rates that provide a total change of air 20-30 times per hour. Airbus A220-300 recirculation filter is a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) type filter that provides the best level of filtration currently available for recirculated cabin air.

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