Coronavirus: Nice Côte d’Azur Airport to use UV light robot

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Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has revealed the extra measures it is taking to protect the health of travelers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airport in the South of France is the country’s second largest and handles scheduled airlines as well as private aviation. It has been opened since the start of the pandemic in March and is preparing for the gradual resumption of air traffic.

A number of measures are being implemented to improve health protection in its terminals and terminal operations, including the use of a robot that emits ultraviolet light to eliminate viruses in the air and on surfaces.

All the measures and tools deployed in the airport’s infrastructures follow the recommendations of the French Council for Public Health and Ministry of Health and industry organizations such as ACI Europe and the UAF union of French airports).

Dominique Thillaud, chairman of the Board of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur said, “In our worldwide analysis of the available options, our top priority has been to identify the best practices in order to offer the healthiest possible conditions to our passengers, our employees and everyone who works in our infrastructures.”

The automatic robot emits virucidal UV light as a shock treatment to destroy almost 100% of bacteria and viruses present in the air or on the treated surfaces. The robot, which is being used in addition to the usual cleaning and disinfection operations was recently successfully tested in the airport.

Other measures being introduced include the use of virucidal surface disinfectants, the introduction of hand sanitizer dispensers and the upgrading of ventilation networks for the high-performance filtration of indoor air. Special markings for social distancing have been made for passengers to follow and Plexiglass partitions built to protect airport staff, as well as signage and displays built to remind about social distancing rules.

The wearing of masks will also be compulsory for all people inside the terminal, including for Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur personnel, as decreed by the French government.

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