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Swiss commits to EASA standards for pandemic travel

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Swiss International Air Lines has signed the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s Covid-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol to ensure safe air travel under pandemic conditions.

Part of the Lufthansa Group, it says that in voluntarily adopting the protocol and its standards, The Airline of Switzerland “is further underlining that in these pandemic times, too, it is the safety of its passengers and employees that is its paramount priority”.

The Covid-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol is a set of guidelines that have been jointly developed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Working with all the former’s member states, EASA and the ECDC, the protocol establishes unified standards that reduce complexity, ensure reliability and provide additional health safety.

Swiss CEO Thomas Klühr said: “We have continuously expanded our health safety precautions for our guests and our employees, in the air and on the ground, over the past few months.

“With the support of the EASA protocol, we are now further committing ourselves to the most rigorous aviation health safety standards. And we are convinced that, in doing so, we are helping to make air travel even safer in these challenging times.”

According to the airline, many of the protocol’s key standards, such as on the wearing of face masks, cabin air filtering, enhanced cabin air circulation (in the air and on the ground), intensified cabin cleaning, personal protection measures, promoting digital contact tracing and physical distancing on the ground and when embarking and deplaning – have been extensively based on input from SWISS and the Lufthansa Group.

Further protective measures are also being adopted, such as the distribution to all passengers of disinfectant wipes. These actions are further complemented by rebooking options. SWISS is also in a close and constructive dialogue with all the relevant authorities in all its activities on these various fronts.

The group will also  be working to ensure that further states, airlines and airports around the world adopt the EASA protocol and its provisions, to help standardise aviation health safety precautions as much as possible and make a successful contribution to tackling the present pandemic.

 

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