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ACI extends global Airport Health Accreditation programme

Accreditation assesses health measures against established global standards

Montreal, 14 June 2021 – Airports Council International (ACI) World has extended its Airport Health Accreditation programme which assists airports to demonstrate to passengers, regulators, and governments that they are prioritizing health and safety in a measurable, established manner.

The programme is supported by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and, since it was launched in July 2020, more than 600 airports of all sizes have signed up to the programme.

It has been updated this year and remains aligned with the latest ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) Recommendations – and with the ACI EUROPE Guidelines for a Healthy Passenger Experience, which in turn are aligned with the EASA/ECDC Aviation Health Safety Protocol – and industry best practices. The guidelines are also aligned with the ACI’s own updated Aviation Business Restart and Recovery publication.

Accreditation is granted for 12 months and, as the first airports were accredited in August 2020, ACI has opened the programme for airports to be re-accredited for another 12 months.

“ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme continues to provide invaluable support to airports around the world, enabling them to validate their own measures throughout their facilities and processes and reassure the travelling public,” ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said. “The re-establishment of air travel will be a key driver for a global economic recovery but, to succeed, passengers must have confidence in the industry’s focus on health and welfare.

“The Airport Health Accreditation programme has the support of ICAO and fosters this crucial passenger confidence through the harmonization of health measures that have been introduced around the world and small, medium and large airports around the world have signed up.”

All passenger areas and processes are assessed through the programme including terminal access, check-in areas, security screening, boarding gates, lounges, retail, food and beverages, gate equipment such as boarding bridges, escalators and elevators, border control areas and facilities (in collaboration with authorities), baggage claim area and arrivals exit.

Processes assessed include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.

Notes for editors

  1. More information about the ACI Airport Health Accreditation Programme.
  2. Stay up to date with ACI World’s COVID-19 communications through its dedicated news hub.
  3. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, customer-centric and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2021, ACI serves 701 members, operating 1933 airports in 183 countries.

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Anita Berthier
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ACI World
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