New procedures for airline operations during COVID-19 pandemic
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) recently held a meeting with 20 airline operators to discuss compulsory operating procedures to be used when they resume their domestic services on May 1st.
The guidelines are:
- Airlines must designate empty seats in each row to comply with social distancing requirements.
- All passengers must have their body temperatures checked (no higher than 37.3oC) prior to boarding.
- Passengers must stand at least 1 metre apart while checking-in, during luggage checks, when entering gate areas and when boarding the aircraft.
- Limit the number of passengers in the shuttle bus to the aircraft.
- All passengers must wear facemasks at all times while on board.
- Food and drinks may not be served on board. Passengers must go to the rear of the plane if they need water to take medicine.
- On flights of over 90 minutes in duration, the last two rows of cabin seating must be reserved for sick passengers.
- The price of the seats can be higher than usual, due to the lower number of seats available for sale, especially on low-cost airlines
- Routes may vary, depending on the airline and the final destination, as many airports, such as Phuket International Airport, are still closed due to the lockdown.