Beijing 2022 organizers put safety of Olympians arriving and departing at top of agenda – Xinhua

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Photo taken on Jan. 10, 2022 shows the inside view of the Main Media Center for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/He Changshan)

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) — Olympic participants’ first impression and recollection of hosts is directly related to the feelings they experience when they arrive and leave the venue.

When it comes to the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games staged as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, “security” should be the top priority when arriving and departing personnel related to the Olympics.

Different from the traditional airport-to-accommodation arrival and departure service, its content for Beijing 2022 has been expanded taking into account flight coordination and safeguard and pre-departure countermeasures due to the pandemic, said Zhang Liang, director of the Arrival and Departure Center. of the Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 (BOCOG).

“As major international sporting events, the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have more participants, but we are facing a higher standard to provide our arrival and departure service this time, as international flights are affected. due to the pandemic,” Zhang said.

“We need to make detailed arrangements in terms of flight arrangements, health declaration, COVID-19 testing, accreditation activation and customs clearance of Olympic Games-related personnel at the airport, transport and logistics after they leave the airport, and their security check and accommodation check-in.”

To better ensure the safety of international travel, charter and temporary flights are the main means of transporting foreign participants to China for the Games, while they will be supplemented by business flights with Beijing Capital International Airport. as a first entry point, Zhang noted.

Regarding departure, Zhang pointed out that Olympic Games-related personnel are not allowed to take business flights as they will depart from the “closed loop” without a 21-day quarantine, which may lead to delays. risk to other passengers on board.

Designated areas are in place for inbound and outbound travel of Beijing International Airport Terminal 3 staff.

“We have done thorough preparation for this,” Zhang said. “We can balance the needs of domestic and international flights.”

An arrival and departure information system for Beijing 2022 has been set up to collect information on participants’ arrival and departure plans, and it has been piloted in test events held between October and December last.

According to Zhang, the system collected, integrated and analyzed arrival and departure information from more than 4,000 attendees during test events held between October and December last year.

“After collecting information comprehensively, we can prepare well to provide quality service to these participants after they arrive in China. Everything is going well,” Zhang said.

“We have tested our flight safety, airport operation and arrival and departure service from airport to accommodation. We have gained experience in this process and are ready for the Games Winter Olympics through these test events,” he added.

The “closed-loop management” for Beijing 2022 began on Jan. 4 when some Olympics-related personnel arrived in China before entering the loop.

Zhang said staff from the arrival and departure center had already gone to the scene to welcome these staff in a “closed loop”.

“Every day, we need to collect and analyze the situation through our staff’s feedback at every stage, and also help them deal with some emergencies,” Zhang said.

“Our service works almost non-stop with Olympic Games-related personnel around the world to help them resolve their arrival and departure issues.

“Due to the leg of the jet, it may be midnight in China when these participants check in at the airport elsewhere, but our staff are ready to offer assistance at any time,” Zhang observed.

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