Hania airport is fully ready to receive the first flights from abroad with safety and with protection of public health as the top priority, Deputy Civil Defence and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardalias said on Saturday, after an on-site inspection.
The minister is currently conducting a round of visits to the country's 18 regional airports to check that health and safety protocols are in place ahead of Greece's opening for foreign tourists and travel on July 1.
Hardalias had earlier taken part in a meeting on the procedures and protocols that must be followed with MP Dora Bakoyannis, regional and municipal authority officials, the local fire brigade and police chiefs, Hellenic Navy personnel, the airport's general director Tasos Tiniakos and Fraport executive Ilias Maragakis.
In statements afterward, Hardalias said that armed forces personnel will be in charge of taking samples from arriving passengers in Hania airport also, assisted by fire brigade and police personnel and airport staff. He said a last drill simulating the process will, with the staff participating in the sampling and testing, will be carried out on Monday. The aim at Hania will be to carry out 275 targeted tests on passengers from abroad each day.
"The issue of public health is very important. We are aware that the issue of the economy and the opening of tourism is an urgent priority but this will happen without any shortcuts in public health," he said.