Cork Airport has announced a series of new health and hygiene measures to safeguard staff and passengers as the second busiest international airport in Ireland prepares to increase their capacity from current levels.
Face masks are recommended inside the terminal and are mandatory for flying. Four vending machines selling face masks are now available at the airport.
The airport is also carrying out enhanced deep cleaning throughout the airport and plexiglass screens have been fitted throughout the terminal, and at sanitation areas.
500 social distancing floor markers are one of a number of other safety enhancements introduced to remind people to keep their distance.
Only passengers with a valid ticket will be able to enter the Departures or Check-in area of the Terminal to reduce the number of people inside the terminal and all measures are effective from Tuesday, June 16.
Managing Director for Cork Airport Niall MacCarthy said the safety and wellbeing of all who pass through Cork Airport has always been the number one priority.
“Anyone who has used our airport in the past knows that travelling from Cork is one of the quickest, cleanest and friendliest passenger experiences in Europe," he said. "However, in line with Irish and European guidelines for the resumption of air travel, we have implemented these additional measures for everyone’s safety and we ask for our passenger’s co-operation and patience as we return to flying”.
As well as the measures outlined, announcements will remind arriving passengers to complete Passenger Locator Forms.
Passengers are advised to check-in electronically in advance of arrival at the airport and boarding gates have been arranged with social distancing to facilitate waiting for a plane.
In the food and beverage outlets, no open serve, self serve options will be available and contactless payments are preferred.