What it will be like to fly through Bristol Airport

Holiday-makers have now been given the go ahead to book trips to sunny European destinations as England begins to ease its three-month lockdown.

However, the flying experience will be very different when families make their first international trip for months in July.

Bristol Airport has introduced several new measures to help prevent an outbreak of coronavirus, including temperature scans, mandatory face coverings and shields at desks to reduce direct contact.

With that in mind, here’s a step by step guide to what to expect when you fly through the airport, from parking to the moment your flight leaves the runway.

Parking

Before making your way to the airport, passengers are advised to check-in online to get their digital boarding pass to save time and reduce contact at the airport.

You are then encouraged to arrive at the airport and park up with at least two hours to spare before your scheduled flight time.

When you arrive, you will find that all customer parking will be within walking distance to the terminal so you won’t require a transfer.

Only passengers will then be able to enter the terminal itself so you’ll have to say your loved ones in the car park or at home.

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Terminal

Several new measures will be in place when you step inside the terminal. Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice is the signage encouraging passengers to keep a safe distance from one another and to wash their hands.

You’ll also find sanitiser stations at several locations while the airport has said it will be doing extra cleaning to keep surfaces germ-free. Protective shields have also been installed at desks and tills.

When you then go to check-in, temperature scans will be carried out to make sure you’re okay to fly. However, the airport has said it is ‘not a required way of keeping customers safe’.

A statement on the airport website states: “We are following Pubic Health England (PHE) advice and currently temperature checks are not a required or effective way of keeping customers safe.

“The trials are looking at new technology and processes to be used for health screening in response to COVID-19. Initially, the trial is assessing the suitability of thermal imaging cameras to screen for passengers with raised temperatures.

“Passengers can be reassured no personal data or information will be taken or stored during the trials.”

Passengers themselves are also expected to wear a face covering within the terminal and to bring contactless payment to reduce direct contact.

The airport has confirmed that a number of essential shops and restaurants will be available to choose from if you want a pre-flight snack while waiting for your flight, including World Duty Free, WHSmith, Superdrug and Starbucks.

The flight

For a majority of airlines, it is a requirement that all passengers wear a face covering or mask whilst on their flight.

The airport also says that strict procedures are already in place with airlines for customers arriving with infectious diseases.

Airline and airport staff identifying suspected cases of communicable diseases, including coronavirus, activate a call out procedure to enable advice and assistance to be sought from the Port Health Control Unit, Heathrow.

If passengers develop symptoms, however mild, they should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately.

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