RLB International Airport Upgraded To Screen Incoming Passengers
Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 7th , 2020 (ZIZ News): Ahead of the reopening of the country on October 31st, the Robert L. Bradshaw International airport continues to upgrade its safety procedures for travelers coming in and out of the country.
Shanique Harvey has the details….
During a media tour on Wednesday ZIZ news was provided a walk-through of the arrival area of the airport that is being retrofitted with screening sections for incoming passengers.
Minister of Tourism, Transport and Ports, Hon. Lindsay Grant explained the details of the work being done in the arrival area.
“Construction of a welcome center on the ramp of arrivals to house passengers ahead of the medical screening this involves…the erection of a 50 by a hundred foot tent, transparent on reinforced wood, flooring and bathroom facilities in the container outside. The welcome center will be air-conditioned, equipped with seating to accommodate in excess of 140 passengers, a concession stand and TVs displaying the relevant and pertinent information.”
He added that a medical center with an isolation unit will be constructed on the ramp of arrival which will be used to house passengers who are deemed by the medical team to be “high risk”.
Minister Grant said the immigration hall has been divided into 2 to facilitate passengers awaiting medical screening and regular immigration processing.
The Minister also said that work has begun on the VIP lounge to facilitate the screening of passengers as well as added protection with the installation of plexi-glass throughout the airport.
“The VIP lounge will be transformed into a medical screening room outfitted with 4 screening stations and thermal scanning cameras. There will be installation of plexi-glass, sneeze guards throughout the airport including customs, baggage hall, the checking counters and counters at departure gates.”
Minister Grant said there will be a public campaign demonstrating the arriving and departing process as well as what to expect when the borders reopen.
SCASPA will also use the arrival of Ross University students on October 14th to get a trial run of the arrival process.