Newcastle Airport reassures passengers it is 'open and operational' as staff step up cleaning during coronavirus outbreak
Newcastle International Airport has confirmed it is open and running as usual despite a raft of flights being cancelled over the coronavirus outbreak.
In a message to passengers on the Covid-19 outbreak, the airport said that it has “enhanced” daily cleaning across its terminal in a bid to keep passengers and staff safe as the illness continues to spread across the UK.
It said that the airport is following Public Health England guidance and urged passengers seeking additional advice to visit the Government website.
Jet2 has cancelled its flights to Spain and other holiday destinations in countries including Poland, France and Italy as the outbreak worsens.
In a statement on its website Newcastle Airport said: “The airport remains open and fully operational.
“We are following the guidance from Public Health England and enhanced daily cleaning across the terminal is ongoing.
“For any passengers requiring additional advice or information, we recommend you view the most recent Government travel guidance.”
Symptoms include fever and a cough that may progress to pneumonia causing breathing difficulties.
Anyone with the above symptoms is urged to use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next, but should not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Graeme Mason, planning and corporate affairs director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “The airport remains open and fully operational.
“We have strict procedures already in place for all infectious diseases, including coronavirus.
“We are carrying out enhanced cleans of the airport and are providing hand sanitiser at key points.
“We have also placed posters and digital displays throughout the terminal to provide passengers with the latest guidance.
“We encourage any passengers with questions regarding travel advice to follow guidance given by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or to contact their airline.”