Planes do not fly - coronavirus in Pulkovo

Pulkovo Airport is one of the four largest in Russia. Thousands of people a day fly in and out of the country from here. Therefore, in the current epidemiological situation, the authorities of St. Petersburg have taken the main security measures. Despite the large passenger traffic, the coronavirus has not yet been detected at Pulkovo.

What's going on at Pulkovo Airport

In order to combat the spread of the 2019-ncov virus across Russia, Pulkovo Airport closes its air corridors to most countries in Europe and Asia. Information is constantly updated on the information board of the airport, today from St. Petersburg you can buy a ticket only to two European countries - Great Britain (Landing in London) and Sweden (landing in Stockholm).

Flights to the following countries have been completely canceled:

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Finland
  • Austria
  • France
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Latvia
  • Czech

Some domestic flights are also cancelled. For example, two planes to Moscow did not take off today.

Flights have also been cancelled.

  • Uzbekistan (to Namangan, Bukhara, Urgench, Tashkent)
  • Tajikistan (Khujand)
  • Azerbaijan (Ganja)
  • Kazakhstan (Nur-Sultan)

Any information about the resumption of flights is completely missing.

Test results in hospitalized passengers

Back in January, at Pulkovo airport, a man was hospitalized with suspected new Chinese coronavirus. The patient arrived in Russia on a flight from Shanghai and, due to poor health, went to the medical center of the airport.

After being examined by a doctor, the passenger was transferred to a specialized institution in St. Petersburg. Where he received medical care and was tested for the presence of coronavirus in the body. The test results were negative, the disease was not detected.

A Chinese citizen was also hospitalized from this flight, with similar symptoms. But doctors confirmed that the patient was infected with a common cold.

To date, the Russian Ministry of Health has developed an express test to detect 2019-ncov. It allows you to detect the presence of the virus within half an hour.

Pulkovo takes special preventive measures

Pulkovo Airport is under special control of the authorities that control the spread of the pandemic. For the full-fledged work of protective mechanisms, a special headquarters was created that regulates the situation at the airport.

Each aircraft that arrives at Pulkovo from areas where the coronavirus is rampant undergoes a series of sanitization procedures.

Particular attention is paid to the airport premises. Several times a day, a thorough cleaning is carried out using disinfectants. Particularly thorough disinfection is carried out for such objects:

  • elevators
  • rest rooms for staff
  • information racks
  • inspection zones
  • offices
  • ladders
  •  buses transporting passengers

The necessary checks of the ventilation systems in the room were carried out. For areas in which passengers stay for a long time, cleaning plants have been installed. They disinfect the air.

Information work is being carried out with airport personnel on the main preventive measures against coronavirus and the importance of using personal protective equipment.

Pulkovo employees are fully provided with protective masks, rubber gloves, antiseptics and wipes.

There is a first-aid post in the passenger terminal on the second floor around the clock. If the state of health deteriorates, each passenger or airport employee can apply for first aid.

The airport management adopted restrictions on holding any public events for employees. All meetings, meetings, conferences and other corporate communications have been transferred to telephone and online modes. Business trips are also prohibited not only abroad, but also in the regions.

On March 13, 2020, the authorities of St. Petersburg introduced quarantine measures in the region. Particular attention is paid to the Pulkovo airport, since it is through it that a large number of people from all over the world arrive in the country. To date, many flights have been canceled, each passenger of the airport undergoes strict medical control.

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