This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
London Biggin Hill Airport (BQH) is introducing a contactless travel initiative to highlight what it says are the health and safety benefits of private aviation. Under the plan announced on July 2, the privately owned UK airport has published a commitment to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infection through measures such as two-meter separation markings, minimizing personal contact between passengers and with staff, and the use of personal protective equipment.
From this week, Biggin Hill has started issuing safety kits to everyone passing through its facilities. They include gloves, hand sanitizer, tissues, and masks.
“Passengers typically arrive at the airport’s terminal 10 to 15 minutes before departure, so flying privately means they can better avoid any risk of infection from commercial airport queues and more easily adhere to social distancing measures,” said Sally Powell, head of customer services at BQH. “When you fly via London Biggin Hill, you can be safe in the knowledge that all aircraft moving through the airport are fully-sanitized, with specialist teams providing fumigation and disinfection treatments.”
The airport has remained fully operational through the Covid-19 pandemic. Movements have included a mix of passenger flights (such as repatriations), as well as medical support and cargo operations.