Pictures: Airport reveals new measures to ensure safe flying from Teesside

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Teesside International Airport has introduced six steps to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Pictured is operations director Shaun Woods. Picture by Tom Banks
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Teesside International has revealed a series of new safety measures to ensure all passengers can fly safely.

The first flight took off from Teesside International Airport on Monday since it reduced operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Throughout the pandemic, Teesside International has followed UK government guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and colleagues.

To help keep passengers safe as they travel through the airport, new guidance and procedures are in place, centring around intensive cleaning, social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of PPE.

Increased cleaning regimes have been introduced with all touch points such as doors, buttons and handrails, regularly disinfected.

Hand sanitiser points have also been placed throughout the airport and car park so hand hygiene can be maintained.

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To minimise contact and maintain social distancing, initially all catering will be closed and only passengers and staff will be allowed to enter the main terminal.

Passengers are reminded not to travel should they or anyone in their household be displaying symptoms.

Shaun Woods, operations director at Teesside International, said: “We’ve got a good sized terminal here at Teesside International Airport, with plenty of space for social distancing, and we’ve done a lot of work to make sure we’ve got a good safety process in place.

“The health and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is the most important thing to us, and we’ve planned to cater for all types of passengers – from families to lone travellers.

“We will be constantly monitoring our procedures to make sure they continue to be as effective as possible.

“We’ve been in close contact with all of our staff during the pandemic, training the ones that will be on the ground on Monday and keeping others informed about all of our news.

“The mayor has also assured all staff that there will be no job losses as a result of these reduced operations.

“The flights taking off again (on Monday) is building on all the fantastic things we were getting started before the pandemic hit, and showing the world how big Teesside International can be.”

Click here to see full details of Teesside International’s safety plan and measures – our picture gallery below shows more pictures showing the safety changes at Teesside International.