The corona virus has established a unique predicament at Schiphol and in the Netherlands at significant. The virus is hitting every person hard. Schiphols passenger numbers went down by 20% in the 1st week of March. That selection improves to 30% if all flights to and from the United States stop. We are acquiring several situations so we can prepare for a selection of various situations at the airport.
Our obligation is to the Netherlands to maintain Schiphol jogging and for it to stay linked to the relaxation of the earth. Schiphol is a crucial component of our countrys infrastructure. We are trying to keep a shut eye on developments and respond quite rapidly as and when they transpire. Schiphol, the authorities, airlines and associates are performing jointly on added situations heading ahead, these kinds of as operating Schiphol at a more compact scale. We are undertaking this in a liable way with careful attention provided to travellers and workers, reported Dick Benschop, CEO.
The United States will introduce a 30 day entry ban all through the night time of Friday, March 13 to Saturday March fourteen on 04.fifty nine am for anyone who has been in a Schengen (page in Dutch only) country in the earlier fourteen times, apart from for American citizens. This will have an affect on Schiphol. There are weekly extra than two hundred flight from Schiphol to the United States. We are now mapping out, jointly with the airlines, what this means just for flights to the U.S. We kindly tips travellers to contact their airline if they are owing to vacation.
[i]Our 1st precedence right now is informing travellers that is step just one. We are also now building an stock of the further implications, which by natural means will affect the Netherlands network. We count on this to be talked about with the authorities[/i” reported CEO Dick Benschop in a response to the information.
A traveller has analyzed optimistic for the corona virus after their arrival at Schiphol Airport. This individual is now getting assessed and supervised by the Gezondheidsdienst (Municipal Health Providers, or GGD) subsequent nationally-proven protocols. The GGD is now mapping who this individual has been in contact with. Schiphol is subsequent GGDs tips about the corona virus. At this time, centered on GGDs tips, there is no need to have for other steps to be taken.Right here are the steps that are now nevertheless in outcome:
- A concept from RIVM/GGD will surface on the screens in the vicinity of baggage declare which will be noticed by travellers that arrive from places where the corona virus is present. That concept will include standard info as properly as what to do if the traveller has indications.
- We recommend all travellers and workers to prioritise standard hygiene, just as you would with any other flu virus. That includes washing arms, sneezing or coughing on the inside of your elbow, and/or making use of paper tissues.
- We have knowledgeable our associates, these kinds of as dealing with agents, shops and airlines, about the steps and inquire them to share them with their workers. We also do the job intently with our associates in the sector, these kinds of as airlines, Air Targeted visitors Command the Netherlands and Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.
- We are properly geared up and have developed several situations.
The health and safety of workers and travellers at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is quite essential to us. On the night of Thursday 27 February, the 1st scenarios of coronavirus in the Netherlands was introduced. In conjunction with authorities these kinds of as the Municipal Health Provider (GGD) and the Nationwide Institute for Public Health and the Setting (RIVM), we are trying to keep a shut eye on developments. We consult with these events each day about the predicament and the steps taken. We are subsequent their tips and sharing it with colleagues and other events at the airport, together with airlines, ground handlers and shops. No other steps are now getting taken in addition to the earlier steps. Schiphol is geared up and has developed several situations and contingency plans. These detail these kinds of factors as the actions to be taken if an contaminated individual comes in the Netherlands at Schiphol. The situations dovetail with all preparations getting manufactured in the Netherlands.
As recommended by the GGD, we are also recommending that workers and travellers abide by the standard hygiene steps, which would use in the circumstance of other flu viruses as properly. We have posted a concept on this topic from the RIVM/GGD on the screens in the vicinity of the baggage belts for travellers arriving from places with important numbers of coronavirus scenarios. Due to the fact the commencing of February, we have been organising stroll-in periods for workers in which they can inquire a GGD workers member questions about the virus and their do the job predicament. In addition, in collaboration with the GGD, we have also organised a conference for airlines to notify them about the point out of affairs at Schiphol.
Passengers who have questions about their flight as a outcome of the coronavirus are recommended to contact their airline. Additionally we respond to in this site put up the most usually asked questions about Schiphol and coronavirus.
Schiphol attaches excellent value to the health of workers and travellers at Schiphol. This is why we are intently monitoring developments with regard to the corona virus and trying to keep in normal contact with the Nationwide Institute for Public Health and the Setting (RIVM) and the Public Health Provider (GGD). We are subsequent their tips and also sharing this with colleagues and other events at the airport, together with airlines, handlers and shops. It is recommended to observe standard hygiene steps: clean your arms frequently, cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow and use paper handkerchiefs.
Dutch authorities asked us to notify arriving travellers from China by means of the info screens in the reclaim baggage halls, to maximize alertness and notify them what to do if they get complaints.
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