JLW implements safety measures to help travelers travel with confidence – Kelowna News


Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has implemented a number of new health and safety measures to ensure that passengers feel confident when crossing the airport.

“We know that air travel is different these days, but we are here to welcome passengers again and ensure that their journey through YLW is as easy, stress-free and safe as possible,” said the director of the airport, Sam Samaddar.

“Whether passengers travel this month or later this year, we want them to know that we are committed to doing our part to keep travelers and airport workers healthy.”

On Tuesday, new security measures came into effect at YLW:

  • Ask everyone entering the terminal to disinfect their hands
  • Ask passengers to say goodbye to friends and family outside the terminal
  • Advise arriving passengers to collect their luggage and leave the building immediately
  • Addition of more than 30 hand disinfection stations

Last Friday, YLW announced that masks are mandatory for travelers and employees in public areas of the terminal.

In addition to these new measures, YLW will maintain the existing guarantees in the terminal:

  • Frequent disinfection of all high-contact areas such as self-service kiosks, luggage carts, elevators, handrails and improved toilet cleaning.
  • Installation of plexiglass barriers in customer service areas and at counters and boarding gates.
  • Signage posted throughout the airport to encourage physical distance as much as possible.
  • Implement physical distance controls for employees in office spaces to keep people two meters apart.

They also encourage passengers who do not feel well not to travel.

“I think it’s a partnership and part of the partnership is the person traveling, so take your personal safety very seriously, we take your safety very, very seriously so the precautions we took inside are installations try to demonstrate that and we certainly learn as we go along. ”

The airport is experiencing a slow increase in flights as it saw only four return flights and 250 passengers per day in April and May.

“We are now up to 14 return flights a day, we are up to around a thousand passengers. So we see a big pick-up, it’s not where we were, where we had 48 flights a day at that time one a year ago, “adds Samaddar.

For more information on what you can expect, click here or watch the video below.


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