The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) says limited domestic scheduled flight services have resumed at the Cape Town International Airport.
ACSA General Manager at the airport Deon Cloete says the resumption of services will be compliant with regulations aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Limited domestic scheduled flights on two airlines resumed at the airport on Wednesday.
Cloete says various COVID-19 procedures including verification of travel documents, sanitizstion processes and social distancing protocols have been put in place.
“There’s additional requirement now in terms of PPE equipment. There are sanitisation processes. We validate documents and there are also announcements that we regularly make reminding passengers. You’ll see marking all over the floor just to maintain social distancing. The screens have gone up everywhere.”
He says every second counter is used as a sanitising station.
The tweet below outlines some safety measures:
Passengers are advised that screening will take place at the terminal entrance. Passengers who have a 37.2 temperature or higher will not be permitted entrance. This is a measure introduced to ensure the safety of all passengers. #ProtectUProtectUs #WearYourMask #NewNormal pic.twitter.com/2RVtPfBUSP
— Airports Company SA (@Airports_ZA) June 9, 2020
Travellers happy with safety measures
Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier visited the airport earlier.
He says he is happy with the airports’ state of readiness to resume domestic flights.
A passenger travelling to Johannesburg Amahle Ngqwemla says she is happy with safety measures implemented.
The airport says it expects traveller numbers to increase from next week as more domestic services get underway under level three of the lockdown regulations.
The re-opening of domestic travel has been welcomed as local economies battle the loss of revenue.
The graphic below outlines sectors that are allowed to operate under level three lockdown: