Canada’s largest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, is taking steps to be ready for the new realities of air travel in a new commitment and program called ‘Healthy Airport.’
The program is in partnership with BlueDot, a company experienced with data analytics and background in technology to “predict and monitor infectious disease risks.”
“As government restrictions on air travel begin to be lifted and flights increase, Toronto Pearson is ready, and we are intent on exceeding international standards,” said Deborah Flint, President and CEO of the GTAA. “Everyone who works at Toronto Pearson is dedicated to playing a leadership role in fulfilling the health protection measures and adapting quickly to changes and future standards.”
The ‘Healthy Airport’ commitment builds on the standards set out by the measures established by the International Civil Aviation Authority, International Air Transport Association, and Transport Canada’s framework for addressing COVID-19 and the recovery of the aviation sector, and means passengers will see some changes to their journey through the airport.
In addition to physical distancing guidelines, floor markings, personal protective equipment for passengers and staff, and shields at counters, the airport says their five-point commitment will implement new technology, introduce touchless check-in, more frequent disinfection and designated disinfection corridor for workers, dedicated monitoring facility for congestion, autonomous floor cleaning, and air quality monitoring.
This is in addition to the mandatory masks as of June 1, limited access to various facilities and deep cleaning and hygiene of high-touch surfaces. Toronto Pearson’s ‘Healthy Airport’ commitment introduces new guiding principles:
- We commit to making passenger and employee health our top priority.
- We commit to working with our partners to set strong, consistent standards for passenger and airport worker health.
- We will deploy multi-layered tools and adjust quickly to changes and current intelligence.
- We will ensure our approach is best in class and aligned with international aviation standards.
- We will explore all innovative and technologically advanced solutions for ensuring the safety of our passengers and employees.
“Smarter airports deliver a safer experience for travellers. And safer travellers contribute to a healthier world. BlueDot is incredibly proud to partner with the GTAA to use advanced data analytics and digital technologies to stay a step ahead of global infectious disease risks.” Dr. Kamran Khan, founder and CEO of BlueDot and practicing infectious disease physician.
These measures being implement as passenger safety and confidence becomes priority as rules and restrictions ease in the coming weeks and months.
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