Air travelers warned of airports with high risk of COVID-19 transmission

British Airways in Cape Town Airport, South Africa

By Adegboyega Oni

Air travelers have been warned that some airports in Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Middle East have been classified as the areas with high risk of transmission of the COVID-19 infection.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) released the list of the airports with high risk of transmission of the COVID-19 infection yesterday.

EASA noted that the list was developed in coordination with EASA member states and based on the information from World Health Organisation, ECDC and other reputable public health institutes.

According to the report, all airports in Egypt are affected while all airports in Western Cape region of South Africa are very risky.

In the United Kingdom, the following airports in Birmingham, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London City, Luton, Manchester Airport, Newcastle International and Stansted are affected.

All airports in Belgium are affected. In France, all airports in the following regions: Ile-de-France are not spared while in Italy, all airports in the following regions: Emilia Romagna, Lombardy,  Piemonte and Veneto are affected too.

The transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic is endemic in the following airports in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport in The Netherland.

Air travelers are also warned that the transmission of the pandemic is all also high in Katowice Airport (EPKT) in Poland; the following airports: Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Lisbon Portela Airport in Portugal and airports in Castile and Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia  and Madrid in Spain and all airports in Stockholm Region in Sweden.

The EASA reports added that the rate of transmission of the disease is high in all airports in the United Arab Emirates and the following airports in these states- Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington in the United States of America.  

The airports in the following provinces of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh in India are not left.

According to the report, all airports in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Peru, Pakistan, Qatar, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Turkey are fertile grounds for easy spread of the disease. In Canada, all airports in the following regions of Ontario and Quebec are not safe as all airports in the following regions of Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Maranhão, Pernambuco, Rio De Janeiro and Santa Catar in Brazil are also classified as grounds for easy spread of the disease. The situation is the same in all airports in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Belarus

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