One silver lining to the Covid-19 travel ban is that when airlines resume operations again passengers can expect the plane to be spotless for the whole flight.
Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific is planning to implement new sanitation protocols and intensify preventive measures, as it prepares for the resumption of commercial passenger operations, following quarantine restrictions caused by Covid-19.
All pilots and cabin crew will undergo rapid antibody tests before they are assigned to operate flights, while all operating crew will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while on duty.
All ground staff are likewise required to don PPEs while on duty. Cleaning and disinfection procedures have been ramped-up for all CEB facilities and equipment such as self-check-in kiosks, check-in and bag drop counters and shuttle buses. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers will be provided for all passengers and staff at the airport and inside the aircraft.
“We are implementing additional procedures to assure our passengers and give them the confidence to travel again,” said Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific’s marketing chief.
“Rolling out ‘contactless flights’ will minimise face-to-face contact between our ground staff and our passengers and observe physical distancing.”
Queues and boarding procedures will be managed according to physical distancing guidelines, while all passengers will also be required to wear face masks upon entering the airport terminal and for the duration of the flight.
All CEB aircraft will undergo extensive daily disinfection and all all surfaces inside the lavatories will be cleaned and disinfected in between flights. All lavatories will also be sanitised every 30 minutes during a flight.
“We hope for our passengers’ understanding as we implement new measures for our restart,” Iyog said.