‘A whole lack of Covid-19 measures’ at an airport on the paradise archipelago of Zanzibar – now on the Government’s ‘crimson checklist’ of Covid nations – has left a hygiene audit crew shocked.
Respected UK-based air transport score company Skytrax mentioned that Abeid Amani Karume International Airport was ‘failing on Covid-19 security protocols’ after it assessed measures and requirements on the airport earlier this month. And the crew took startling pictures displaying crowds of passengers not sporting face masks.
Skytrax mentioned that face masks utilization in public areas of the airport was ‘disappointing’, there was no encouragement of social distancing in seating areas and that terminals’ cleanliness was ‘unsatisfactory’. A Skytrax supply mentioned it was ‘the worst to be rated’ and given a two-star ‘Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating’ – the bottom handed out to this point.
Skytrax mentioned that Abeid Amani Karume International Airport was ‘failing on Covid-19 security protocols’. In this picture taken by its audit crew, there is not a face masks in sight
The airport has been given a two-star ‘Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating’ – the bottom handed out to this point by Skytrax. Pictured is congestion on the queue for immigration
An image taken by the Skytrax crew displaying the queue to enter the airport. Skytrax mentioned Abeid Amani Karume International is the worst airport to be rated to this point
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The findings are all of the extra stunning given Zanzibar’s standing as an unique holiday-of-a-lifetime vacation spot. Just final week Zanzibar was named because the No1 place that Britons are dreaming of visiting once lockdown ends.
In the Skytrax audit of Abeid Amani Karume International, it ‘used procedural effectivity checks, visible commentary evaluation and cleanliness checks utilizing ATP assessments [surface cleanliness analysis]’ and mentioned the consistency of requirements was a ‘key determinant within the ultimate score’.
The rankings company claimed that all through the airport ‘there are not any data tips reflecting Covid-19 secure behaviour corresponding to masks use or hand hygiene reminders’.
It added: ‘There are just a few legacy bodily distancing markers, and people in place are pale and broken, and there’s no encouragement for social distancing within the seating areas. The quantity of passengers in the course of the audit inspections meant that distancing is unattainable.’
Skytrax did level out that buyer temperatures are checked on arrival and mentioned this ‘represents the one monitoring and constantly utilized coverage for Covid-19 at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport’.
When it got here to the usage of face masks, Skytrax mentioned it’s not enforced amongst passengers and ‘whereas many airport workers put on face masks, the extent of compliance is way weaker than one observes in different world areas’.
It additionally defined: ‘If you shouldn’t have applicable PPE with you, there may be nowhere to purchase such gadgets within the terminal.’
In phrases of hand sanitiser provision, Skytrax mentioned there have been just a few locations the place it was supplied contained in the terminal however added that the ‘places, high quality and visibility of the product is a lot poorer than we’d look forward to finding in a busy worldwide airport in the course of the pandemic’.
Skytrax described the cleanliness of the airport terminal as ‘unsatisfactory’ and mentioned the general situation of the terminal was ‘very weak’
Skytrax mentioned there have been just a few locations the place hand sanitiser was supplied contained in the terminal however added that the ‘places, high quality and visibility of the product is a lot poorer than we’d look forward to finding in a busy worldwide airport in the course of the pandemic’
It continued: ‘The airport terminal cleanliness is unsatisfactory, and upkeep workers will not be seen. Aside from the shortage of sanitisation amenities, the general situation of the terminal may be very weak.
‘The two-star Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating is the bottom attainable classification used and signifies a poor normal of airport cleanliness and/or Covid-19 security protocols.
‘The two-star score signifies that an airport, cleansing and hygiene protocols will not be assembly the required minimal normal of Covid-19 security. Two-star rated airports would possibly supply honest visible cleanliness and presentation, however the requirements of disinfection, hygiene measures and security protocols are poor.’
In June final yr, John Magufuli, the president of Tanzania, the place Zanzibar is positioned, declared the nation ‘coronavirus-free’ though there was no official knowledge on infections since April 29, 2020.
The knowledge out there places the nation’s whole variety of instances at 509 and deaths at 21.
However, travellers from Tanzania have not too long ago examined optimistic for the South Africa pressure.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax mentioned: ‘We are shocked by the poor well being and security requirements at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, which seem to mirror Tanzania’s denial of Covid-19.
‘New instances of the South African virus variant had been confirmed in two travellers flying into Denmark on January 19 from Tanzania (Denmark Statens Serum Institut). Skytrax’s Covid-19 Safety Audit was carried out three days later, which confirmed an entire lack of Covid-19 measures.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax mentioned: ‘We are shocked by the poor well being and security requirements at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport’
‘Our audit groups have performed Covid-19 audits at airports in most elements of the world in the course of the previous eight months, and this airport is worse than we might have ever imagined for its full lack of Covid-19 security protocols.
‘We spotlight to any travellers contemplating to go to Zanzibar that within the present world pandemic it is a doubtlessly harmful airport to journey by means of.’
We spotlight to any travellers contemplating to go to Zanzibar that within the present world pandemic it is a doubtlessly harmful airport to journey by means of
Edward Plaisted, Skytrax
Britons getting back from Zanzibar will now must quarantine in inns for 10 days at their very own expense, as Tanzania, of which the archipelago is a component, is now on the British authorities’s ‘crimson checklist’ of 30 Covid nations.
MailOnline understands that a whole bunch of arrivals every day are anticipated to be escorted instantly from airports to rooms, the place they should keep in the course of their isolation and pay a invoice estimated at £1,500 – though ministers hope the numbers will ‘fall by means of the ground’ as folks keep away from coming to the UK.
Assessments by Skytrax of Covid-19 security measures adopted by airways and in airports across the globe are ongoing.
So far, it has inspected 48 airports the world over with Rome Fiumicino the first to be awarded the maximum of five stars. Others to be awarded 5 stars embody Istanbul Airport and Bogota El Dorado Airport in Colombia.
It was revealed final week that Edinburgh Airport had turn out to be the primary within the UK to be awarded a four-star Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating. By comparability, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester airports all have a three-star score.
Skytrax has also assessed 20 airlines, with Qatar Airways and Latvian service airBaltic receiving a most five-star score. Those which have gained a four-star score embody British Airways, easyJet, Emirates, Lufthansa, Ryanair, KLM and Air France.
MailOnline Travel has requested the Zanzibar Airports Authority for remark.