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Will Mumbai International Airport match Bangalore in COVID-19 era of flying?

The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has turned out to be a spree killer, demolishing the very grounds of humanity and while it shadows the world with anxiety and fear it is redefining the global health crisis of our time unveiling the sheer incompetence of man and being a crisis larger than life.

While the world is putting it all out to battle the virus, much seems little when the enemy you battle is an invisible deadly contagion. While nations gear up to adopt all possible proactive measures to contain the virus, scientists are racing to get hands on its vaccine at the earliest.

India has reached the grim milestone of COVID-19, surpassing the case numbers of China, from where the virus was believed to be initially originated.
Even as India arms itself with all plausible options of safety from COVID-19 the efforts of India’s centre of high-tech industry Bangalore is something to note, follow and applaud for.

Since airports are the gateway to a country it is vital to ring-defence them to stem the spread of COVID-19
The Kempegowda International Airport serving Bangalore is holding up a fine example amid a global health crisis

While taking cognizance of the fast-paced spread of COVID-19, Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport has enhanced its standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

These are the 7 steps of disinfection the airport is mastering upon:

#1  The Airport has started segregation operations for facilities like restrooms, handbag screening, elevators, baggage belts as well as exits for all the passengers who arrive from countries that have been identified by the Indian Government to be highly prone to COVID-19

#2 The airport ensures to disinfect its premises including the terminal and the kerb every 12 hours.

#3 The airport in every four hours manually sanitises those areas which pose a risk of direct hand contact like railings, chairs, buttons in lifts, doorknobs and touch screens.

#4 The airport ensures to continuously sanitise the trays used at security screening after every use.

#5 The airport attempts to maintain hygiene by cleaning the tables at the food and beverage outlets every time after they are vacated.

#6 In order to keep a healthy and thriving environment the airport uses sanitizers having high alcohol content placing them at every possible locations at the airport to ensure appropriate standards of hygiene is maintained by all passengers and staff members.

#7 The airport has all its washrooms being cleaned and sanitised at regular intervals, undertaking proper disposal of medical waste. Masks and gloves are also readily made available at the pharmacy in the airport.

While the airport authorities are adhering to all precautionary measures, they are also conducting awareness campaigns for employees and the ecosystem at the airport.

Even as Bangalore aims to cover all aspects to a universal safety its Corona-driven approach may take it higher in presenting Banglore’s superior front in the era of flying amongst other competing metropolitan cities.

With India’s financial capital Mumbai being a hotbed of COVID-19 its time for Mumbai to march onto adopt measures such as thermal screening, hygiene practices, fumigation, contactless F&B outlets to operate flowing the footsteps  of Bangalore. 

Yet, what leaves us pondering is how far will Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport go to follow sanitizing safety procedures for its masses and how far will it match up or succeed in its efforts as of Bangalore.

– Marilyn Ravi, NMTV News


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