Innovation for a new way of travelling

Published on 9 June 2020

Groupe ADP is implementing
a new international health standard to fly

Paris-Charles de Gaulle is among the first European airports to experiment with the measures recommended by the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). In parallel, the airport is launching several large-scale "health corridor" test flights. 

Paris-CDG: first airport to commit alongside EASA

Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport is one of the first ten air transport stakeholders to adopt the recommendations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). These measures, which have been largely deployed at the airport since early May 2020, have made it possible for the EASA and ECDC to establish a concrete list of recommendations to ensure the health security of passengers and airport staff, including the respect of social distancing at all stages of the process, the stepping-up of cleaning and disinfection procedures, the wearing of compulsory surgical masks, the respect of hygiene measures, etc.

Feedback from the EASA is provided to evaluate in the field, the organisation on the recommendations and to be involved in what will be a new European or even international standard of sanitary measures. Feedback is also given on the psychological dimension and how travellers feel about these new measures.

Thanks to the work done with EASA, Groupe ADP and all the other stakeholders in these test flights are now assisting government authorities in the resumption of air traffic, which is crucial for connectivity and tourism, as well as the recovery of national economies.
Augustin de Romanet
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe ADP

"Health corridors": tests with airlines

"Health corridors" must allow the same health measures to be applied consistently throughout the chain in order to restore safe air connectivity. They also guarantee to the territories served that passengers do not have symptoms of Covid19 on departure and that they will not be exposed to the virus during their flight thanks the adoption of the EASA recommendations. These same passengers are re-checked in this respect on arrival.

All of these measures are therefore coordinated between the departure and the arrival points, and guarantee that, at each stage of the travel, health safety standards are respected and do not create any risk.

Health corridor test flights have been organized between Paris and  Reunion Island, a destination that is subject to fourteen. These experiments not only involve the two airports, but also partner airlines - Air Austral and Air France - as well as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and the health authorities.

Thermal cameras,
non-contact pistol temperature checking device and tests

Because all passengers arriving in Paris must be able to have their temperature taken on arrival and, if necessary, be offered medical treatment (with the possibility of a Covid PCR test19 if necessary), Groupe ADP has deployed thermal cameras in the baggage delivery rooms, coupled with a non-contact temperature pistol verification system. This measure is in addition to a broader system put in place to further reassure passengers and limit the circulation of the virus on arrival in France. 

Throughout the journey to the airport, in addition to the procedures for checks on departure set up by the airlines (such as a temperature check on boarding and the declaration of absence of symptoms of Covid19 ), Groupe ADP has already deployed numerous measures and adapted its processes: compulsory wearing of masks, signage to enforce social distancing (1 metre), 40 automatic dispensers of hydroalcoholic gel, reinforcement of disinfection and cleaning procedures with a virucidal product, adaptation of procedures to security control to limit physical contact. All this with all the necessary precautions of use regarding the respect of personal data and public liberties. 

Groupe ADP, the first worldwide airport group to introduce EASA recommendations

Groupe ADP, with its strong international network, wishes to assume a leading role in extending the adoption of the EASA recommendations to several other of its international airports: Zagreb in Croatia; Ankara Esenboğa, Izmir, Bodrum, Antalya in Turkey; Skopje in Northern Macedonia; Tbilisi in Georgia; Riga in Latvia; Amman in Jordan; Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam in Mauritius; Antananarivo in Madagascar; Nuevo Pudahuel in Santiago de Chile.

Covid19: All health measures to travel in complete safety