In order to avoid crowding at airports, new operating rules were imposed

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Concidering the last events that occurred during April 9, 2020 at Avram Iancu International Airport in Cluj-Napoca, in connection with which the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (IGPR) announced the opening of a criminal case for the prevention of disease control, at the level of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications, checks are being carried out on a number of aspects that fall within the area of ​​competence of the subordinated structures. Ministry.

Thus, the minister Lucian Bode ordered the investigation of the way the road transports to the airport were organized from the home counties of the citizens who were to fly from the Cluj Airport. Through the Romanian Road Authority (ARR) and the State Inspectorate for Control in Road Transport (ISCTR), it will be verified the reporting of these occasional races performed by road transport operators.

Also, the minister Lucian Bode ordered to elaborate a Ministerial Order regulating the procedure regarding the organization of seasonal workers groups that leave Romania to other countries.

It is important to have a clear traceability of the entire procedure, for which representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs have been involved in this process.

The procedure established by the Order comes in support of citizens who should not be exposed to any risk of infection, as well as in support of airports that will have very well established flight procedures.

Until the Order is published in the Official Monitor, all charter flights will be processed so that passengers at airports can go to the respective destinations.

The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications through the Romanian Civil Aeronautical Authority (AACR) will approve / approve any air transport

Following the appearance of the Military Ordinance no. 8 of 9.04.2020 The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications through the Romanian Civil Aeronautical Authority (AACR) will approve / approve any air transport, even from those airports that are subordinated to the county authorities.

The AACR has taken a set of measures since last night, with a communication with all airports in the country regarding the charter flights for the transport of seasonal workers from Romania to other states.

Thus, a guide of mandatory actions has been established having the following coordinates after which the activity in airports is organized:

  • Airports must be informed by the aircraft operator of the flights they intend to make. The airport will have to confirm that it agrees with the respective flight (s);
  • The handling operator (whether it is from the airport or another entity authorized by AACR) must confirm that the required handling services can be performed in compliance with the measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19, adapted to the airport in question, thus ensuring the protection of passengers. process, visitors and airport employees.
  • In this respect, it was recommended that, when the possibility of charter flight is confirmed, the doubling of the time required for the processing of passengers and baggage to normal time should be considered.
    At the same time, the request was made to have a continuous monitoring of the maintenance of social distance within the airport and to take immediate action when deviations are detected.

Last but not least, it was decided to permanently ensure the connection and coordination with the local Public Health Directorates (DSPs) for any security and safety issues of the airport employees, passengers and visitors.

PHOTO: Bucharest airports

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