5 things to keep in mind before travelling – MIA

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Malta International Airport (MIA) has issued 5 things one must keep in mind prior to travelling.

In a statement, MIA outlined that one needs to arrive at the terminal at least 2.5 hours prior to the flight’s departure time. This is to allow enough time for all regular airport procedures, as well as coronavirus-related procedures such as thermal screening.

Apart from planning ahead, MIA has also stated that face masks or visors are compulsory except for children who are under 6 years old, or for people who have valid medical reasons. Furthermore, it noted that face masks should be changed every four hours unless otherwise indicated by the manufacturer, in which case, one needs an adequate supply of masks. It is also recommended to have a bottle of hand sanitiser handy, although there are 120 sanitising stations around the terminal.

Safe distances have been indicated via the signage and floor markings installed around the terminal, although members of the same household can travel together as a group. It’s also noted that non-travelling guests will not be allowed to accompany or welcome travellers inside the terminal.

The statement concluded by outlining that the passenger journey has been reorganised in order to avoid the crossing of paths of passengers and visitors, but the retail and food and beverage offering will remain unchanged.

All travelling customers must fill the health declaration form – Air Malta

Air Malta has stated that preparations from home are needed, including filling in a health declaration form that must be presented at the boarding gate.

The form may be presented either electronically or as a printed copy prior to boarding the aircraft. Passengers not in possession of the form may be refused boarding. The form may be accessed here.

Furthermore, all hand baggage must now be checked in free of charge. Only laptop bags, hand bags and baby bags are allowed on board. Air Malta is requesting passengers to ensure to remove lithium batteries, valuables and dangerous goods from checked in luggage. There are no changes to current procedures for pets in cabin and musical instruments.

Business-class passengers and Diamond Card holders are advised that MIA’s La Valette lounge will be operating in line with social distancing recommendations, and that lounge availability may not be guaranteed.

Masks are mandatory except for children under 6 years, or for persons with a medical condition. However, gate staff and crew must be notified. Passengers are also advised to follow general hygiene etiquette.

Only credit card payments will be allowed on board, and pre-packed food and selected drinks will be available for sale. The in-flight magazine detailing the menu, Il-Bizzila, can be picked up upon boarding the aircraft, and then taken along. Any copies left behind will be recycled.

No queuing is allowed for the use of lavatories. In line with safety recommendations, only the rear aircraft lavatories will be available for use by all passengers.

The aircrafts are equipped with High-efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) filters which remove particles including bacteria and virus clusters. Furthermore, they are sanitised daily using Airbus approved products, and all internal aircraft cabin surfaces are thoroughly cleaned after every flight. All passenger transport is sanitised daily.