Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia sets passenger temperature threshold for airline travel

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May 31, 2020

May 31, 2020

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Passengers with a temperature exceeding 38 Celsius will be banned from boarding Saudi domestic flights to guard against the coronavirus as airline travel within the kingdom was due to resume on Sunday.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation said last week that parts of the domestic flight network would be reactivated after a suspension in March in line with government measures to restore what officials described as “normal” economic activity.

Health Ministry data showed on Saturday that 22 more people died in the kingdom from the coronavirus and 1,618 more people were infected, bringing the death toll to 480 and total cases to 83,384.

The aviation authority said all the domestic air tickets must be purchased electronically and that ticket holders would be required to have their temperature checked as soon as they arrive at the airport.

All passengers must also wear masks and “no one will be let in the airport with a temperature above 38 degrees,” it said.

All the kingdom’s airports will be undergoing disinfection every three hours and planes will be disinfected after passengers disembark. All flight crews and workers at Saudi airports will be undergoing regular testing for the coronavirus.

A minimum of a three-hour break between flights will “allow for the disinfection of equipment and passenger hauls,” the authority said.

Saudia, the national airline, said last month that it would resume flights to Europe on April 23, as coronavirus infections cases in the Kingdom started to spike. But the flights to the continent remained grounded.

Updated: May 31, 2020 12:41 PM

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