Airline passengers are being advised to check in hand luggage to the hold on all flights in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Airlines are being encouraged to extensively clean aircraft, increase availability for passengers to wash hands with hand sanitiser.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “Today’s guidance is a positive next step towards ensuring a safer and more sustainable aviation sector.
“The government’s advice currently remains to avoid all non-essential travel, but today we are taking the necessary steps to ensure a framework is in place for the aviation industry to bounce back when it is safe for restrictions on travel to be lifted.”
Tim Hawkins, chief strategy officer at Manchester Airports Group said the new guidance offers “clear information for us, our passengers and our airlines on the steps needed to create a safe travel experience”.
He added, “The guidance is the result of strong collaboration between Government and the aviation industry, drawing on advice from independent medical and scientific experts who have looked specifically at what safety measures are needed at each stage of the travel process.
“With similar protocols being adopted in other countries, and a targeted approach to reopening travel to low-risk countries, we will have the elements in place to get our economy moving again and protect jobs throughout the whole aviation supply chain.”