Pulkovo Airport ready to welcome SPIEF 2021 participants
Pulkovo Airport is the first Russian airport to receive the international healthcare certificate under the Airport Health Accreditation Programme. This document confirms the effectiveness of measures taken by the airport to ensure safety and protect health of passengers and employees during the pandemic.
“Safety and comfort of Forum participants is the priority of the SPIEF Organizing Committee, and the guest reception procedure at the city’s main airport corresponds to organizers’ goals,” noted Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov.
Pulkovo’s certification process began in late 2020 in an audit format under over 100 criteria concerning passenger service zones in the terminal, including check-in, security check, departures and arrivals, baggage claim, restaurants and shops.
“This year Pulkovo Airport will again welcome SPIEF participants and guests. The annual preparation process includes working with all involved government agencies and security services. In 2021, we are also working to meet the public health requirements. From the beginning of the pandemic Pulkovo Airport together with Rospotrebnadzor has been implementing all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Pulkovo has become the first Russian airport to get the international certificate under the Airport Health Accreditation Programme. It confirms the effectiveness of measures taken by the airport to ensure safety and protect health of passengers and employees during the pandemic,” said CEO of Northern Capital Gateway Leonid Sergeev.
In particular, the airport has changed the schedule for cleaning and disinfecting rooms and surfaces, including lifts, stairs, check-in counters, security check areas, boarding stairs and passenger buses, with antiviral agents. Hand sanitizer dispensers are installed in public areas along the way from the check-in area to boarding gates. Masks, gloves, antiseptic gels and wipes can be purchased from special vending machines located at the airport. All airport employees are provided with individual protective equipment.
The air in the terminal is disinfected with UV recirculators. Regular announcements inform passengers and visitors about COVID-19 prevention measures and the need to use individual protective equipment at the airport. Check-in, security check and boarding gate areas are marked to help maintain a safe distance. Information stickers about the need to keep a distance are also placed on the seats in the airport lounges.
Moreover, PCR and express COVID testing sites have been organized at Pulkovo Airport.
As of early April 2021, certificates under the Airport Health Accreditation Programme were granted to more than 360 airports worldwide, including such large cities as Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Milan, Munich, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul.
Source: Pulkovo Airport