St Maarten reopened its borders for international travel on July 1. The island’s SXM Airport authorities recently shared a press release in which they assured that “the facilities were thoroughly sanitized prior to the reopening of the commercial flights.”
The release further stated that the Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol has been “implemented to combat the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), whereby a repetitive disinfecting procedure is in place for both the interior and exterior surfaces of the public buildings.” The main commercial airport terminal as well as the general/ private aviation FBO buildings have been sanitized.
Several protocols have been implemented at the airport to ensure its safe reopening and continued operations. Throughout the passenger journey, the following is in place:
In addition to these safety measures just mentioned, according to the release “the air in the building is routinely purified and disinfects the Terminal via the AC cooling system. Disinfectant tablets are used to decontaminate the air through the ventilation system,” and “the cleaning program is run periodically throughout the day.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the island’s economic health. Returning to a new level of normal for the island’s tourism dependent economy called for new public health requirements for all passengers and airlines and a continued collaborative effort of dedicated frontline staff to ensure the highest level of confidence and safety in travel to and from the island.
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