January 22, 2020
Precautionary measures to control the potential spread and transmission of the novel coronavirus (nCov) were announced today by the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) community, comprised of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), GMR Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), the Bureau of Quarantine partner airlines, and relevant stakeholders.
MCIA aims to ensure the well-being of passengers and employees and is committed to working with the relevant authorities to monitor the situation. The following measures are being implemented at MCIA accordingly:
All airlines have been advised to make a standard in-flight announcement prior to landing at MCIA advising passengers experiencing flu-like symptoms to self-declare and voluntarily submit to a medical screening by the Bureau of Quarantine upon disembarkation.
Intensified thermal scanning
The Bureau of Quarantine is on heightened alert and has intensified monitoring of arriving passengers in MCIA by taking additional thermal scans of passenger body temperatures on the aerobridges of all flights arriving directly from China. This is in addition to the thermal scanning at the Immigration Arrival Level.
Hand sanitization and air disinfection
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are being installed in all aerobridges and arrival corridors with passengers being asked to use these facilities. Liquid disinfectant will be sprayed in the aerobridges prior to each flight arrivals.
Medical team to be stationed at the arrivals area
A medical team will be stationed at the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 2 to provide information and advice to any passengers. The Bureau of Quarantine will however maintain primary responsibility for dealing with suspected cases.
Airport front liners to wear protective masks
All airport staff dealing with passengers upon immediate arrival are required to wear surgical masks as a precautionary measure. As the virus is currently understood to be transmitted through contaminated droplets, surgical masks will provide adequate protection.
Adequate information materials and announcements
Information materials will be displayed in prominent areas at Arrival and Departure to provide the passengers with ample information on coronavirus. Announcements and reminders will be made on a regular basis and running electronic messages will be displayed around the airport. These messages will be based on guidance material from the Department of Health and Bureau of Quarantine.