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Marseille Provence airport further strengthens the health measures put in place on its platform

by Aéroport Marseille Provence, le 01/08/2020
[Translate to English:] sanitaire aéroport marseille

Implementation of mandatory tests on arrival of flights where the virus is circulating very actively, adherence to the health security protocol with EASA and ECDC, Marseille Provence airport is taking a new step in the fight against COVID- 19.

Since last March, all the measures recommended by the government health authorities have been put in place on the Marseille platform: wearing a compulsory mask, reinforced cleaning and disinfection, provision of hydro-alcoholic gel terminals, installation of protection in plexiglass, demarcation of distances in waiting areas. The devices evolve as the health recommendations evolve and are updated accordingly on the platform.

In all, more than 25 hydro-alcoholic gel terminals - each sanitary facility also being equipped with a virucidal foam device - regularly supplied and more than 2,500 posters & stickers (terminals, check-ins, screening inspection stations, boarding, baggage delivery, etc. ) have been installed in the halls currently accessible to the public. In situ indications, including automated audio announcements every 10 minutes remind passengers of the importance of respecting barrier gestures and wearing the compulsory mask.

In the interest of all, Aéroport Marseille Provence also collaborates with all of the platform's partners (including State services and airlines, their assistants and subcontractors), to redouble vigilance and pursue possible refractory behavior.

Adherence to the reference health safety protocol in the aviation industry

Aéroport Marseille Provence intends to actively participate in this European protocol, with a dual objective: to implement the best solutions to guarantee the health safety of its passengers and employees and to contribute to a new definition of health standards for European airports.

This joint EASA / ECDC protocol, in partnership with ACI Europe, in which several European airports and airlines participate, makes it possible to agree on a European health standard and a reference to be followed by all countries. More precisely, this protocol makes it possible to identify and implement a constantly improved model on the basis of monitoring the results of actions, and refining them in the light of operational practices.
Feedback will enable Aéroport Marseille Provence to share its best practices with the air transport community and to implement the best solutions to guarantee passenger health security. Final objective: to ensure that air transport regains the confidence of its passengers.


Implementation of mandatory in situ screening tests

Another example of this commitment is the implementation of mandatory screening tests on the airport platform for passengers. Since July 21, Marseille Provence airport has been offering, in partnership with ARS PACA, free voluntary in situ screening tests to passengers coming from "red zone" countries.
As of this day, Saturday August 1, the decree establishing the implementation of mandatory tests for all passengers returning from 16 countries comes into force. These tests are now mandatory on arrival, in the event that passengers are unable to present negative results of a COVID-19 screening test within 72 hours. For Marseille Provence airport, only passengers from Turkey are concerned.

Process
Concretely, passengers coming from Turkey will have a dedicated disembarkation circuit.
A system is set up by ARS Paca to welcome each passenger and check whether or not they have the results of a COVID-19 test. If the passenger has a negative test - then they will be asked to continue on a shortened route leading to border crossing customary checks. If he does not have one, he will be invited to enter a circuit leading to compulsory screening.

Traceability
If a passenger were to be diagnosed as a carrier of COVID-19, Aéroport Marseille Provence would intervene, in collaboration with airlines and ARS PACA, in the cycle of reconstituting the traceability of contact cases.
Indeed, each airline must systematically collect, for all its passengers on international flights arriving in the territory, a duly completed traceability sheet. In agreement with the Prefecture of the Bouches du Rhône, Aéroport Marseille Provence collects and keeps these traceability sheets for one month.

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