Helping airports plan their recovery: Study by EUROCONTROL and partners highlights actions to improve performance when implementing COVID-19 measures10 September 2020
In order to reduce the impact of COVID-19 measures on airport performance, and so contribute to aviation’s overall recovery from the pandemic, airports need to focus on reducing the impact of space constraints and national authorities need to harmonise measures across EU Member States, according to a study published today by EUROCONTROL.
- 50% more space is required at check-in
- 100% more space at security control
- 35-50% more space at boarding gates
- Up to 10 minutes additional time to the departing passenger journey
- 100% more space at immigration
- 30-50% more space for baggage reclaim
- 5-20 minutes additional time to the arriving passenger journey
- Additional measures are needed to mitigate impact if health checks are required for arrivals/transfers.
- Airports need to focus on key limiting components - security control/immigration in terms of throughput challenges, and boarding gates and baggage reclaim in terms of space constraints.
- Airports already congested before the COVID crisis can expect to reach their maximum saturation capacity at just 60-75% of their peak 2019 traffic.
- To avoid further delays and conflicting requests to passengers, greater harmonisation in terms of COVID measures supporting passenger safety and re-building trust is essential across EU Member States.