Aviation: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 June (HL4913), what is their guidance on the social distancing of passengers on board aircraft.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

On 11 June 2020, the Government published aviation specific guidance. This guidance sets out measures operators should put in place to protect staff and passengers. The guidance to passengers covers all aspects of the travel experience, from checking the public health requirements before booking a flight, to navigating the airport safely and boarding the flight or leaving the airport.

As social distancing may not be possible on board all flights, the Government has introduced mitigating measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus such as wearing face covering when at the airport and on board an aircraft. These measures will be kept under constant review and updated as and when necessary.

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