The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled a second round of Safe Travels protocols for reopening the travel industry as the coronavirus pandemic eases, this time outlining measures directed at airlines and airports, tour operators and the meetings and conference sector.
Among the suggestions for airports, the WTTC advises new signage and announcements to limit interaction at passenger touchpoints and for airportsto collaborate with governments and airlines on the "possible redesign of immigration halls ... to speed up procedures."
The organization recommends that airlines consider boarding passengers from the back of the plane to front and from window to aisle.
It suggests that tour operators implement pre-allocated seating plans with no rotation and staggered timing for access to hotels, restaurants and other venues.
According to a May 29 statement from the WTTC, guidance for the aviation industry was devised "following close consultation" with Iberia, Emirates Group, Etihad, Oman Aviation Group and other WTTC members as well as IATA and Airports Council International.
For organizers of meetings and conferences, the WTTC suggests reducing venue capacity limits and creating "isolation units outside the venue where possible for those showing Covid-19 symptoms."
Earlier this month, WTTC released Safe Travels protocols for the hotels/hospitality and retail sectors. Measures for the cruise industry are in development, according to the WTTC.