Officials inspect a disinfection pod installed at the airport.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Sharjah Airport has completed all preparations to receive stranded UAE residents from abroad. The airport ensures taking all precautionary measures in compliance with international standards, to guarantee the health and safety of travellers, customers and employees.
Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority said: "Along with our partners and other entities, the airport has completed all the necessary preparations to receive residents who have been stranded abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All organisational and operational procedures to ensure the safety of passengers and staff will be adhered to at all times."
Ali Salem Al Midfa added, "We are delighted to be able to help return residents to their own homes and reunite them with family and friends. We can only imagine how difficult it must have been to stay away from their loved ones. We will continue our efforts to welcome more residents and families back to the comfort and safety of their homes."
Airport officials also held a series of meetings to discuss and implement the various safety procedures that have been set by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, to ensure health and safety at all airports in the region.
Sharjah Airport Authority continues to carry out daily precautionary cleansing procedures, which includes the implementation of continuous sterilisation works across all airport facilities, aircraft, freight planes and entrance and departure areas.
Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, recently welcomed Sheikh Abdulrahman Bin Mohammed Al Shamsi, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation office in Sharjah, on a tour of Sharjah Airport.
Air Arabia remains committed to bring stranded citizens back home as well as supporting requests to operate repatriation flights and is working closely with UAE authorities in this regard.
All passengers arriving in Sharjah must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report 72 hours prior to departing for Sharjah. Earlier, the PCR test validity was 96 hours, which has been reduced to 72. The decision will take effect 5 days after its issuance, ECDMT confirmed.
As a result of attracting new airlines and the expansion of operations by existing airlines, Sharjah Airport recorded a growth of 9.56% in passenger movement with more than 3.15 million passengers during the first quarter of 2019 as compared to 2.880 million passengers in the first quarter of 2018.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Thursday that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
Experts say that they were victims of the ever-more unpredictable and extreme weather that has hit South Asia in recent years caused by climate change and exacerbated by deforestation, damming and excessive development.
This came in a phone call Sheikh Mohamed received on Wednesday from the Syrian president where they also discussed the ongoing developments in Syria and the Middle East in addition to issues of regional and international interest.