Coronavirus: Auckland Airport outlines rules for travellers under Covid-19 alert level 3
Auckland International Airport is reintroducing strict rules on who can enter its terminals and what food and services are available now that Auckland is in Covid-19 alert level 3.
On Tuesday evening Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said community transmission of Covid-19 had been discovered in South Auckland and as a result at 12pm Wednesday, Auckland would move to alert level 3 and the rest of the country would move to alert level 2.
Under alert level 3 people can travel on domestic air services for only a handful of specific reasons such as if they are travelling to do essential work, facilitating shared caregiving arrangements, relocating a home or business, travelling for medical reasons, because of an emergency or to give effect to a court order.
Auckland Airport general manager operations Anna Cassels-Brown said while the remainder of New Zealand was at Alert Level 2 the Government had advised there would be restrictions on travel to and from Auckland.
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The following rules apply:
* You can fly into Auckland on a domestic flight if you are returning home, an essential worker or are coming to Auckland to undertake an essential service
* You can travel in Auckland to catch an international flight departing from Auckland Airport
* You can also transit through Auckland Airport to catch an outbound international flight
* You can transit through Auckland Airport domestically on flights, but must not leave at Auckland unless you live in Auckland or are undertaking essential travel
* You can leave on a departing flight out of Auckland Airport if you are travelling home or are leaving to undertake an essential service.
More than 13,000 are people expected to pass through the domestic terminal on Wednesday with similar numbers the following days.
Cassels-Brown said to ensure that travellers and staff could maintain physical distancing only people with booked travel could enter the terminal.
The airport was strongly recommending travellers came prepared with a mask to wear in the terminal and on their flight, she said.
Cassels-Brown said there would be only a limited range of food and beverage and shops selling essential items.
“As we manage physical distancing and the changes to our operations we ask for patience and understanding from travellers.”
Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood said Covid-19 testing of airport staff had been ongoing for some time and was continuing.
”That has been an important part of our process,” LIttlewood said.
Littlewood said the Government’s Aviation Security Service would be checking people entering the airport to ensure they were permitted to do so.
He said the airport would be busy and people should give themselves time.
”These are unusual and potentially stressful times for staff and people travelling.”
He said it was important people recognised that everyone was in this together and to treat each other with respect and kindness.
Source : Stuff.co.nz