In line with directives from and in support of the National Department of Health (DOH), Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) today announced measures in place to ensure all its airports respond effectively and appropriately to flights arriving with suspected SARS carriers on board.
At all its airports, ACSA will remain in constant contact with all relevant stakeholders, particularly the DOH, about suspicion of passengers afflicted with SARS on an incoming or arriving flight.
ACSA will ensure that on arrival, the affected aircraft is isolated and quarantined if necessary.
Further, only the Port Health Officer (PHO) or DOH representative responding to the situation on board the aircraft and any medical personnel they may grant permission will be given access.
Normal operational activity with regards to the affected aircraft will only take place once instruction of the PHO/DOH personnel has been obtained.
These measures have been communicated to relevant stakeholders, including the Airline Association of Southern Africa and Air Traffic and Navigation Services company.