EASA: BD airports among affected areas with high risk of COVID-19 transmission

- A Monitor Desk Report 31 May, 2020 | 966 Views|-+
Dhaka: European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a list (Annex 1) of airports located in affected areas with high risk of COVID-19 transmission on May 27 which includes all airports of Bangladesh.

The Annex is developed in coordination with EASA Member States and based on information from WHO, ECDC and other reputable public health institutes.

As of yet, Bangladesh has 44,608 coronavirus cases, of which 9,375 have recovered while the death toll is 610. Moreover, daily new cases on May 30 stood at 1,764 which indicates an alarming rate of transmission.

Besides Bangladesh, its neighbouring countries like India and Pakistan are also included in the list. In India, all airports in the following provinces were listed: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh while all airports in Pakistan are in locations which have high risk of corona transmission, according to the list.

Among other Asian countries, all airports of Indonesia and Singapore have been marked by EASA as locations in high risk areas of COVID-19 transmission.

All airports of Belgium, Afghanistan, Belarus, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE have been listed as high risk areas of transmission as well.

Furthermore, all airports in the following states of the USA have also been listed: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

The following airports of the UK are listed: Birmingham, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London City, Luton, Manchester Airport, Newcastle International and Stansted.

Lastly, all airports in the following regions of the respective countries are listed as locations in high risk areas of transmission: Ile-de-France of France; Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Piemonte and Veneto of Italy; Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport of the Netherlands; Katowice Airport of Poland; Castile and Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, Madrid of Spain; Stockholm of Sweden; Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Espirito Santo, Maranhao, Pernambuco, Rio De Janeiro, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo of Brazil; Ontario and Quebec of Canada; Mexico City of Mexico; Moscow, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod and Sankt Petersburg of Russia; Chernivtsi and Kyiv of Ukraine;

EASA determined that a list of airports located in affected areas should be established and maintained to support aircraft and aerodrome operators to put in place an extra layer of protection for the passengers and crew members (namely enhanced cleaning and disinfection), rather than suggesting that all airports worldwide are high risk areas.

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