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Air travel out of Kelowna to pick up; new safety measures implemented

Kelowna International Airport's main terminal is pictured in this Wikimedia Commons photo taken on April 2, 2017.
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July 07, 2020 - 9:36 AM

New safety protocols have been implemented today at Kelowna International Airport, in preparation for air travel picking up.

As of today, July 7, everyone who enters the terminal will be asked to sanitize their hands, passengers will be asked to say goodbye to friends and family outside the terminal and arriving passengers will be asked to collect their baggage and immediately exit the building, according to a City of Kelowna press release.

To help keep things sanitary, there were also more than 30 hand sanitizer stations added to the airport.

These measures are an added layer of safety to what was implemented, July 3. Already, masks or face coverings are mandatory for travellers and employees in the public areas of the terminal.

According to the City, the space is frequently sanitizing of all high touch-point areas such as self-service kiosks, luggage carts, elevators, handrails, and enhanced cleaning in the washrooms, installing plexiglass barriers in customer service areas and at ticket counters and boarding gates, displaying signage throughout the airport to encourage physical distancing whenever possible and implementing physical distancing controls for employees in office spaces to keep people two metres apart.

YLW anticipates an increase in passenger traffic in July, as B.C. residents start to explore the province and as the Okanagan welcomes more visitors.

In July, approximately 14 daily domestic departures will be on the schedule – still down significantly from the daily average of 48 in July 2019.

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