20 JULY 2020
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Hygiene-technicians are the latest innovation being introduced by Heathrow.
Their task is to thoroughly disinfect the airport and answer passenger queries on the methods being used. These technicians will continuously monitor the effectiveness of these new technologies and help to inform plans to roll these projects out across the entire airport.
This news comes as UK holidaymakers can finally travel between low-risk countries without the need to quarantine on return.
Whilst these initial travel corridors are welcome, Heathrow warns that more work is needed to safely restore Britain’s long-haul network. With a long country exclusion list, over half of Heathrow’s network remains grounded, closing off vital trading and economic routes during a time when the UK needs them most.
Airport CEO, John Holland-Kaye, said: “We have reviewed the entire Heathrow airport experience to ensure that our passengers and colleagues are kept safe as travel resumes to 'Green' and 'Amber' countries. Now we need Government to safely restore Britain’s long-haul connections as the country prepares for life outside the EU, with Common International Standards for Covid testing from 'Red' countries.”
The airport has kicked off a number of pioneering technologies including UV cleaning robots which use UV rays to quickly and efficiently kill viruses and bacteria at night; UV handrail technology is being fitted to escalators to ensure continuous disinfection of the moving handrails; and self-cleaning anti-viral wraps are being fitted to security trays, lift buttons, trolley and door handles, aiming to provide long-lasting protection from Covid-19. The wraps work by coating high-touch surfaces in a material with long-lasting anti-viral protection.
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