EMA bosses ex­pect­ing num­bers to hot up soon

Burton Mail - - Bygones - By TIM BRYANT ti­mothy.bryant@reach­plc.com

EAST Mid­lands Air­port has praised the Govern­ment’s in­tro­duc­tion of travel cor­ri­dors to en­able peo­ple to jet off for sun­shine breaks with­out hav­ing to go into quar­an­tine when they re­turn.

The cor­ri­dors, which af­fect coun­tries such as Spain, started last Fri­day, and so far they ap­pear to have had a lim­ited im­pact at the air­port, ac­cord­ing to a spokesman, as only Ryanair is op­er­at­ing pas­sen­ger flights at the mo­ment.

How­ever, he added things would get busier from July 15, when Jet2 starts fly­ing again. He also said “we imag­ine vol­umes will in­crease” with the start of the school hol­i­days.

Char­lie Cor­nish, group chief ex­ec­u­tive of EMA owner’s, MAG, said: “These travel cor­ri­dors will open up the chance for peo­ple to en­joy a well-earned break abroad and di­rectly ben­e­fit the hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple whose jobs de­pend on air travel for their liveli­hoods - whether they work in avi­a­tion or for the UK’S tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses, which can now wel­come the first over­seas vis­i­tors we will have seen for months.

“We have made our air­ports safe for our pas­sen­gers and staff, and our air­ports have al­ready started lim­ited op­er­a­tions to many of these coun­tries. With the quar­an­tine re­quire­ment now re­moved, we look for­ward to safely wel­com­ing back many more pas­sen­gers in the com­ing weeks. The Govern­ment should con­tinue to take a risk-based ap­proach to quar­an­tine ar­range­ments and, where pos­si­ble, build more air bridges to key tourism and busi­ness des­ti­na­tions with low in­fec­tion rates. Each one will help pro­tect jobs and pre­serve bil­lions of pounds worth of eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in the UK.” Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling through MAG’S three air­ports at Manch­ester, Lon­don Stansted and East Mid­lands are be­ing asked to cover their faces and wear gloves to help pre­vent the spread of Covid-19.

The air­ports were the first in the UK to ask their pas­sen­gers to wear face cov­er­ings. Pas­sen­gers are be­ing en­cour­aged to bring their own gloves and face cov­er­ings or face masks to the air­port. How­ever, in the early stages of the pi­lot, for those ar­riv­ing with­out, the air­port will pro­vide gloves and masks that can be worn through­out pas­sen­gers’ time in the air­port.

Staff will also be on hand to guide pas­sen­gers and help them nav­i­gate through the usual se­cu­rity pro­cesses while wear­ing pro­tec­tive equip­ment.

The EMA spokesman said: “Pas­sen­gers ap­pear to be cop­ing very well and all are com­ply­ing.”

In ad­di­tion to the new guide­lines for pas­sen­gers, MAG has been con­duct­ing lim­ited tem­per­a­ture screen­ing tri­als. Ini­tially, dur­ing this trial phase, this will be to test equip­ment and re­sults will not be com­mu­ni­cated to pas­sen­gers or used to de­cide whether a pas­sen­ger can travel.

Char­lie Cor­nish, group CEO of East Mid­lands Air­port owner MAG, says the cor­ri­dors are good for trav­ellers

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