Hong Kong’s Airport Authority (AA) has employed enhanced cleaning technology, including full-body disinfection booths, antimicrobial coating for high-touch surfaces, and cleaning robots, at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to protect staff and passengers from Covid-19.
HKIA is the world’s first airport to trial CLeanTech, where passengers and staff, following a temperature check, will enter the enclosed booths for a 40-second disinfection procedure.
Each booth’s interior is equipped with antimicrobial coating, which can remotely kill viruses and bacteria on human bodies and clothing through photocatalyst and nano needle technology. Sanitising spray will also be applied for quick disinfection.
Pilot tests are also being held for the application of antimicrobial coating on high-touch surfaces in passenger facilities, including smart check-in kiosks, baggage trolleys and bathrooms. Trials are set to be completed this month, after which AA will consider establishing it as a long-term disinfection procedure.
As well, cleaning robots are being deployed for disinfection of public areas and passenger facilities in the airport.
The Intelligent Sterilization Robots are programmed to move without constant human direction, and can use UV light and air sterilisers to sterilise up to 99.99 per cent of bacteria in its proximity, including surfaces and surrounding air, in approximately 10 minutes.
In fact, public toilets and key operating areas in the terminal building are already being serviced by the robots round-the-clock.
Steven Yiu, deputy director-service delivery, AA, said that the aviation statutory body will continue to seek and test out new measures to enhance cleaning and disinfection standards at HKIA, and ensure a safe environment for stakeholders.