Air Seychelles together with the support of key stakeholders, has conducted an exercise to test the new procedures and measures to be implemented at the Seychelles International Airport for passengers, ahead of the resumption of commercial flights to the Seychelles.

As part of the readiness exercise, Air Seychelles conducted a simulation of a flight landing at the Seychelles International Airport with a full load of 168 passengers, including a suspected case of COVID-19 on board.

Various scenarios which typically occur within an airport facility were also given to selected participants in advance, to further test the promptness of other stakeholders operating at the Seychelles International Airport as part of the readiness plan.

Head of Operations Support and Transformations at Air Seychelles, Mr. Mike Mousbe commented: “At Air Seychelles as we have operated several repatriation flights over the past months, the exercise conducted today has further provided the airline the opportunity to verify and review its procedures, ensuring all the requirements as per the standard operating procedure, are being met including that of the regulator. “It is important to note that members of our cabin crew team have also been trained on how to tend to a symptomatic COVID-19 passenger by strictly following the approved procedures set by the Seychelles Department of Health.”

SCAA Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Wilfred Fock Tave said: “The drill was an opportunity for the Seychelles International Airport to test its new operational procedures and guidelines which have been put together through a well – coordinated efforts by an SCAA task force with the guidance of the Health Department. “We acknowledge the importance of the opening of our borders for the country’s economy, but at the same time the safety of travellers and our staff as well as stakeholders remain our priority. Hence, SCAA has invested in the latest temperature screening equipment, we have placed sensitization stations at the airport, put the necessary social distancing markings and have a new testing station set up by Public Health inside the international arrival lounge for random testing. We are hence confident that when a passenger leaves the airport, he or she has gone through all the necessary procedures and screening at the front line”.

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