Remobilising the aviation industry

COVID-19 has presented the biggest challenge in commercial aviation’s history. As restrictions start to lift, we understand the industry will continue to face complexity in the weeks and months ahead. Remobilising the industry will require a collective effort and RPS is here and ready support clients to plan for recovery and adapt to a post-COVID-19 world.

Achieving optimum hygiene

Providing assurance that hygiene standards are being met will be a critical factor for airports as they start on the path to recovery. Our health and safety assessments are designed to provide confidence that obligations are being met and the correct measures are being taken in line with latest guidance.

Our assessments cover:

  • Cleanliness surveys to provide confidence in the quality of disinfection
  • Indoor air quality testing
  • Water quality testing
  • Health and safety assessments for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
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Designing terminals for social distancing

As the demand for flights increases, accommodating higher passenger numbers while maintaining social distancing in airports will become increasingly challenging. 

Our architects can undertake terminal space planning for appropriate social distancing measures. This can include 3D mapping and modelling using Virtual Reality to enable informed decisions. While terminals are quieter with significantly lower footfall, now is an excellent time to undertake these surveys with reduced time and cost.

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Delay capital expenditure

A reduction in revenue requires measures to protect cash. Limiting capital and operational expenditure needs to be matched against safe operations while meeting maintenance obligations.

Our airfield design team can provide an assessment of the airside infrastructure, providing cost effective maintenance solutions to delay capital expenditure.

Our planning team can review capital programmes, advise on consenting requirements and Permitted Development Right, plus help with any variations to operational restrictions if changes are required during the restart period.

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Wildlife constraints

During periods of reduced aircraft movement wildlife may start to colonise the periphery of airfields creating constraints for re-start. In particular, nesting birds and other aircraft strike risk species (such as badger and fox) may have begun to use areas of the airfield they would avoid under normal operating conditions.

Our ecology team has extensive experience of airport operations and can undertake surveys to identify and safely relocate species, allowing operations to resume.

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Adapting to a post-COVID-19 world

To comply with guidance from the International Health Organisation, we can support airports to embed national health surveillance into operations, manage potential risk - both airside and in flight - and raise passenger awareness to facilitate more hygienic travel behaviour.

We can offer pragmatic guidance and to share emerging health evidence to inform future planning, operations and emergency response for current and future challenges.

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