British Airways has agreed a partnership with hygiene brand Dettol as part of the airline’s “ongoing commitment to help keep its customers and colleagues safe”.

From March, BA customers will have access to a range of Dettol products “that are proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria and coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) in the air and on the ground”.

The airline said its updated cleaning protocols using Dettol products, have been supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

At Heathrow Terminal 5, Dettol hand sanitiser stations will be positioned at all check-in desks, self-service bag-drop, lounges and departure gates.

The airline will also use Dettol antibacterial wipes, cleaners and sprays to keep surfaces clean at the airport and in its lounges.

On aircraft, each customer will be handed a packet containing a Dettol antibacterial hygiene wipe as they board.

Carolina Martinoli, BA’s brand and customer director, said: “At the start of the pandemic, we introduced a number of protective measures at each step of the customer journey, and we think our partnership with Dettol is a great addition.”

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has worked with BA and Reckitt Benckiser (RB) – which owns Dettol – to advise them on the programme.

Professor James Logan, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “Health-based cleaning protocols and additional personal safety measures are one of the critical tools as we all work to re-open business and travel around the globe.”

Rahul Kadyan, RB executive vice-president of global business solutions, said: “This is an ideal partnership for RB, and Dettol, to help drive high standards in hygiene and reassure consumers they can enjoy the British Airways experience. Our brand is built on trust, scientific efficacy and our desire to educate consumers around the world to help break the chain of infection.”