Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Civil aviation, Caricom working on new normal for airports

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International, regional and local bodies are putting together plans for the phased reopening of airports all over the world. Minister of National Security, Stuart Young says, Trinidad and Tobago is and will continue to take guidance from the relevant entities when it’s time to implement the airport’s version of the ‘new normal’. 

Young, speaking at the Ministry of Health’s virtual media conference, explained that Trinidad and Tobago won’t be making its new policy alone since it requires help from all corners of the aviation world. 

“Discussions are afoot, civil aviation, immigration, customs, but we’re also part of Caricom; there is a Caricom heads of government committee that is also looking at these issues and we are taking advice from our health experts,” he said. 

Young says that while wider conversations are ongoing, Trinidad and Tobago’s Immigration Division is organising what it can from a local perspective. He says it’s not lost on the government that airports are a breeding ground for COVID-19. 

“Up to a few weeks ago I had civil aviation reach out to me (to say that) they are part of an international discussion taking place and that is how we’re looking at these things right now, then to come together to decide how best it could be done and how safely it can be done,” he added. 

A date for the reopening of Trinidad and Tobago’s borders has not yet been set. 

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