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Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the Greater Sydney area, Ballina Byron Gateway Airport wishes to assure all travellers and the general public that stringent measures are in place to protect community health.

In line with public health advice, all passengers travelling from Sydney are being screened by NSW Health officials upon their arrival at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport.

Airport Manager Julie Stewart said the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is committed to working with the NSW Government to maintain a safe and secure facility that provides important transport links for the region.

‘We will continue to work with the airlines and the NSW Government to ensure the safety of passengers, staff and the community,’ she said.

Current public health advice is that those who feel unwell do not travel and get COVID tested.

It is also recommended that passengers wear masks.

The following measures are now in place at the airport

  • Contactless temperature testing.
  • Safety screens at customer service desks within the terminal.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitisation of all touch points, counters, tables, chairs, bathrooms, doors and screening equipment.
  • Access to the terminal is restricted to passengers only, except where passengers require genuine carer’s assistance.
  • Social distancing of 1.5m required whenever possible as per guideline markers on common floor areas.
  • Hand sanitisation stations installed at all terminal entry points.
  • Airport staff wearing masks when serving customers.

A statement from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport states that, ‘The airport and our airline partners are closely following all Federal and State Government public health orders. These health orders are based on advice from medical professionals.

‘The airport has a COVID-19 Safety Plan and is a registered COVID-19 safe business on the NSW business register.

‘At this time, scheduled flights to and from all destinations will continue to operate. If there are any changes to scheduled flights airport management will advise the public. Travellers should always check the airline partner website directly for the most up-to-date flight information.’

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  1. By far the worst virus spreader is an airplane. There needs to be full testing for all people flying including the crew. A plane is not as safe as the airlines pretend. Air flows from the ceiling to the floor where it is extracted. But the same airstays in the cabin for 3-4 minutes during which time an infected persons breath will travel to the very close 3 rows forward. By wise and don’t fly until there is a vaccine. This could save not only you but also your potential fellow passengers as well as everyone you contact. Airlines appear to ne dictating policy to governments.

  2. Okay, so the airport is covered. But what about all those Avalon refugees driving in to Byron Shire? Are they going to be tested as they park in the Ewingsdale Rd gridlock?

  3. This is rubbish my son arrived 2 days ago into ballina airport,zero screening. His fiance today, all they did was a temperature check.

  4. What a laugh. The above “screening plan” is next to useless. IIRC, raised temperature is not indicated in over 30% of COVID infections and research shows that 18-25 year olds rarely show a temperature and, it usually goes away after a few days. Then there are the asymptomatic patients in general.

    If the airlines were serious about screening, every passenger would be tested, particularly once a hotspot emerges.

    The Northern Rivers has been lucky with COVID – extremely lucky, so far. Good luck, not good management.

    I went to Woolies in Ballina today. Few people hand sanitising, masks were just not in sight and absolutely no social distancing. Disgraceful how people up here just don’t care. Sooner or later, we will all pay for our cavalier attitude to this horrible virus, and it will be older people like me who will suffer most.

  5. What a farce!

    Everyone knows that northern beaches and greater Sydney residents escaped prior to and during the current vague and confusing lockdown restrictions
    Please indicate how health officials are screening these travellers, (air, road and train ) on the basis of residence and lockdown proximity.
    Airport and airline management (whose first priority is to make profits), as well as govt officials need to answer these questions directly.
    Listening to Gladys is like verbal diarrhoea – man, she loves to talk and confuse the listener. I guess She has had practise at being less than perceptive and shuffling the facts.
    Our chief health officer – isn’t she the one who did not know that ambulances were sent to pick up sick passengers from the Ruby Princess.?



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