‘A total absence of Covid-19 steps’ at an airport on the paradise island chain of Zanzibar – now on the Government’s ‘red list’ of Covid countries – has left a hygiene audit group surprised.
Respected UK-based air transportation ranking agency Skytrax stated that Abeid Amani Karume International Airport was ‘stopping working on Covid-19 safety protocols’ after it assessed steps and standards at the airport earlier this month.
It claimed that face mask use in public areas of the airport was ‘disappointing’, there was no encouragement of social distancing in seating locations and that terminals’ cleanliness was ‘unsatisfactory’. A Skytrax source said it was ‘the worst to be rated’ and given a two-star ‘Covid-19 Airport Security Score’ – the lowest distributed up until now.
Skytrax said that Abeid Amani Karume International Airport was ‘stopping working on Covid-19 safety procedures’. In this image taken by its audit group, there isn’t a face mask in sight
The airport has actually been provided a two-star ‘Covid-19 Airport Security Ranking’ – the lowest distributed so far by Skytrax. Imagined is congestion at the line for migration
An image taken by the Skytrax team revealing the line to enter the airport. Skytrax said Abeid Amani Karume International is the worst airport to be rated up until now
Zanzibar, pictured, is the No1 place Britons are imagining visiting, according to a recent study
The findings are even more stunning provided Zanzibar’s status as an exotic holiday-of-a-lifetime location. Just recently Zanzibar was called as the No1 location that Britons are imagining visiting when lockdown ends.
In the Skytrax audit of Abeid Amani Karume International, it ‘utilized procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis and tidiness checks utilizing ATP tests [surface tidiness analysis] and stated the consistency of standards was a ‘essential factor in the last rating’.
The ratings company declared that throughout the airport ‘there are no information standards showing Covid-19 safe behaviour such as mask usage or hand health tips’.
It included: ‘There are a few tradition physical distancing markers, and those in place are faded and damaged, and there is no encouragement for social distancing in the seating locations. The volume of guests throughout the audit assessments meant that distancing is impossible.’
Skytrax did point out that consumer temperatures are looked at arrival and said this ‘represents the only tracking and regularly applied policy for Covid-19 at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport’.
When it concerned the use of face masks, Skytrax said it is not enforced among guests and ‘while lots of airport staff wear face masks, the level of compliance is much weaker than one observes in other worldwide areas’.
It likewise discussed: ‘If you do not have proper PPE with you, there is no place to buy such products in the terminal.’
In regards to hand sanitiser provision, Skytrax said there were a couple of places where it was provided inside the terminal but added that the ‘places, quality and exposure of the item is a lot poorer than we would expect to find in a busy worldwide airport during the pandemic’.
Skytrax described the cleanliness of the airport terminal as ‘unacceptable’ and stated the total condition of the terminal was ‘extremely weak’
Skytrax said there were a few locations where hand sanitiser was provided inside the terminal but included that the ‘areas, quality and visibility of the item is so much poorer than we would expect to find in a hectic global airport throughout the pandemic’
It continued: ‘The airport tidiness is unsatisfactory, and maintenance personnel are not seen. Aside from the lack of sanitisation centers, the general condition of the terminal is extremely weak.
‘ The two-star Covid-19 Airport Safety Score is the lowest possible classification utilized and indicates a bad requirement of airport cleanliness and/or Covid-19 safety procedures.
‘ The two-star ranking shows that an airport, cleaning and health protocols are not satisfying the required minimum standard of Covid-19 safety. Two-star rated airports may provide fair visual cleanliness and presentation, but the standards of disinfection, health steps and safety protocols are poor.’
In June last year, John Magufuli, the president of Tanzania, where Zanzibar is located, stated the nation ‘coronavirus-free’ although there has actually been no main data on infections given that April 29, 2020.
The data readily available puts the country’s total variety of cases at 509 and deaths at 21.
Nevertheless, travellers from Tanzania have recently evaluated positive for the South Africa stress.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax stated: ‘We are shocked by the bad health and safety requirements at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, which appear to reflect Tanzania’s rejection of Covid-19.
‘ New cases of the South African virus version were confirmed in two tourists flying into Denmark on January 19 from Tanzania (Denmark Statens Serum Institut). Skytrax’s Covid-19 Security Audit was performed three days later on, which confirmed a complete absence of Covid-19 procedures.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax said: ‘We are surprised by the bad health and safety requirements at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport’
‘ Our audit groups have actually performed Covid-19 audits at airports in the majority of parts of the world throughout the previous 8 months, and this airport is worse than we could have ever imagined for its complete lack of Covid-19 security protocols.
‘ We highlight to any travellers considering to go to Zanzibar that in the existing global pandemic this is a potentially dangerous airport to travel through.’
We highlight to any visitors thinking about to visit Zanzibar that in the current international pandemic this is a possibly unsafe airport to take a trip through Edward Plaisted, Skytrax
Evaluations by Skytrax of Covid-19 safety measures embraced by airlines and in airports around the world are ongoing.
So far, it has actually examined 48 airports across the world with Rome Fiumicino the very first to be awarded the optimum of five stars. Others to be granted five stars include Istanbul Airport and Bogota El Dorado Airport in Colombia.
It was revealed last week that Edinburgh Airport had become the very first in the UK to be granted a four-star Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating. By contrast, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester airports all have a three-star ranking.
Skytrax has actually also evaluated 20 airline companies, with Qatar Airways and Latvian carrier airBaltic getting a maximum five-star score. Those that have actually acquired a four-star rating consist of British Airways, easyJet, Emirates, Lufthansa, Ryanair, KLM and Air France.
MailOnline Travel has asked the Zanzibar Airports Authority for remark.
Britons returning from Zanzibar will now have to quarantine in hotels for 10 days at their own expense, as Tanzania, of which the archipelago belongs, is now on the British government’s ‘red list’ of 30 Covid nations.
MailOnline comprehends that numerous arrivals each day are anticipated to be escorted directly from airports to spaces, where they will have to remain for the duration of their seclusion and pay a bill approximated at ₤ 1,500 – although ministers hope the numbers will ‘fall through the flooring’ as people avoid coming to the UK.