How Switzerland’s airports are stepping up the fight against coronavirus

How Switzerland’s airports are stepping up the fight against coronavirus
A person stands next to a social distancing sign on the floor at the Geneva airport. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
From liberal use of disinfectant to harnessing the power of UV light, Switzerland’s airports are pulling out all the stops to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

Although it has rebounded slightly since international travel restrictions were relaxed on June 15th, Switzerland’s airports remain absent of their usual hustle and bustle

In order to reassure passengers that travel is safe, Zurich airport has installed disinfectant stations throughout its terminals, while also launching a ‘cleaning robot’. 

In addition, all of the airports escalators will be equipped with ultraviolet light systems to disinfect handrails.

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The lamps eliminate bacteria and viruses immediately, but are installed under the escalators to ensure no contact with humans. 

Geneva airport has said it is considering adopting a similar system, while Basel airport rejected the devices in favour of manual cleaning. 

The lamps have already been installed throughout train stations in Germany. 

In mid-May, passenger traffic at Zurich airport had decreased by 99 percent, the lowest levels of airport passenger traffic since 1952. 

Of those passengers, an estimated nine out of every ten were flying within Switzerland


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