King Shaka International Airport to impose strict restrictions as travel reopens

Management at King Shaka International Airport in Durban says “it will ensure strict adherence to social distancing and other COVID-19 related protocols when international travel reopens in October.

Senior Corporate Affairs Manager Collin Naidoo says their priority is to rebuild passenger confidence.

“We still not be allowing ‘meeters and greeters’ but we are urging people when they get to the airport to park their car at the multi-storey car park. Before getting to the terminal building, there is a checkpoint for health and temperature checks and for passenger to fill out and complete a travel health questionnaire. They will then proceed into the terminal and the checking area and again. You will notice that we ensure that people are social and physically distanced when they are waiting in queues,” says Naidoo.

KwaZulu-Natal’s economy relies heavily on both the domestic and international tourism sector which sees most tourists attending events.

Therefore, the Durban International Convention Centre says it has lost close to R165 million in cancelled events due to COVID-19.

Some of the big events that were cancelled include the Tourism Indaba and the Comrades Marathon Expo but might resort to live streaming.