Passengers travelling though Stansted airport are now required to cover their faces and wear gloves to limit the spread of coronavirus.

From Thursday, people will be asked to either wear a mask or use their own clothing to cover their face, as part of a new pilot scheme.

Anyone arriving without will be provided with gloves and masks by staff in the early stages of the trial.

Staff will also be on hand to guide passengers and help them navigate through the usual security processes.

The airport’s owner, Manchester Airports Group (MAG), says people need to feel safe and confident about flying again.

Stansted is one of three UK airports to impose the measures, with Manchester and East Midlands also signing up to the scheme.

Stansted Airport is one of three in the UK to take part in the pilot Credit: PA

All airport staff serving passengers will also wear gloves and masks.

Stansted will conduct temperature screening trials over the next few weeks to test equipment.

MAG also said it's considering requiring passengers to make a health declaration before they are allowed to enter the airport.

"It’s clear that social distancing will not work on any form of public transport. But we’re confident that when the time is right, people will be able to travel safely", said Steve Griffiths, Stansted’s Chief Operating Officer.

“We have taken expert medical advice on how people can travel safely, and we’re pleased to be piloting these new measures at our airports for those passengers who do still need to travel.

"We expect to be able to agree a new framework by the end of May that will support a restart of the industry as soon as possible.”