Passengers shopping and dining at Shannon Airport must follow certain measures once they return on 1 July.
Employees are currently readying the airport for the return of passengers. While the airport remained open for essential services to facilitate cargo, repatriation and emergency flights during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, scheduled passenger services were suspended.
Ryanair is due to recommence 16 services from Shannon Airport starting from 1 July to Alicante, Barcelona-Reus, Faro, Fuerteventura, Kaunas, Krakow, Lanzarote, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Malaga, Manchester, Palma, Tenerife, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Vienna.
Shannon Airport, which opened the world’s first duty free store selling souvenirs and Irish gifts in 1947, relaunched its duty free shop in 2014 under the celebrated name Shannon Duty Free.
According to the airport, passengers are requested to limit the use of cash in shops, bars and restaurants. Contactless payments are the preferred choice across all outlets when they reopen. Socially distanced seating will also be in place.
PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR RETURN OF PASSENGERS
Physical distancing queueing will be in operation when shopping and ordering food at the airport. Once food orders are placed, customers must return to their seats and wait for orders to be delivered to their tables.
A Shannon Group Spokesperson said: “The health and safety of our passengers and employees is our number one priority. We have remained open throughout the pandemic, facilitating the arrival into Ireland of vital PPE equipment and we were proud to do so.
“Preparations are now underway to ensure that our passengers returning to Shannon Airport can feel confident with the Covid-19 measures we have put in place throughout the airport.
“We are aiming to make the journey from arrival at the airport car park to boarding an airplane as easy and as contactless as possible.”
The Spokesperson added: “Our airline partners have also introduced new health and safety measures and we will continue to work with them to protect passengers through their entire journey.
“Shannon Airport is a vital national strategic piece of infrastructure that plays an essential part in bringing businesspeople, tourists and cargo to the region.
“The ability of this region to rebuild in the aftermath of this pandemic is reliant on having a strong airport and we are working to put measures in place to have airport passenger services up and running with health and safety our priority.”
Over 4,000 pieces of Covid-19 signage have been installed on route to the airport and inside the terminal building. Multiple sanitiser dispensers and special hand sanitation stations, along with disinfectant wipes have been installed throughout the airport, starting at the entry doors. In addition to its normal cleaning services, the airport has introduced specialised Covid-19 deep cleaning and sanitisation services.
All passengers are recommended to bring and wear a face covering when inside the airport terminal building.
Protective glass screens have been erected at key customer facing areas throughout the terminal building. Areas include check-in, all customer service desks, security screening areas, retail and at boarding gates.
The two-metre social distancing guidelines have been implemented throughout with floor signage.
Public seating has been reconfigured to ensure observation of the two-metre protocol. Stickers will be on seats left which have been left vacant to ensure social distancing.
The airport’s Public Address System will incorporate social distancing reminders for passengers which will be repeated at regular intervals.
The measures reflect the national Covid-19 Health Service Executive guidelines and government code of practice guidelines for Air Passengers. They also take on board the best practice guidelines developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.