Ecuador and South Korea ACI accreditation

 

The ACI Airport Health Accreditation is based on the recommendations of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to establish common sanitary measures and is aligned with the best practices of ACI, as well as with the safety protocol of aviation developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Accreditation is voluntary. The first step is for the airport operator to submit a detailed questionnaire that covers all aspects of the sanitary measures applied at the airport, collecting supporting material as evidence of the measures taken, such as operating procedures, forms, photographs and videos.

ACI then evaluates all the information provided and if it meets the parameters of the programme, the airport obtains the accreditation, valid for one year. During this period, airports are required to perform periodic self-assessments and quality controls, leading to a cycle of continuous improvement as situations change and requirements evolve.

Aspects evaluated include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, protection of airport personnel, physical distribution, communication with passengers, and passenger facilities. All passenger areas and processes are considered, including access ways to the terminal, check-in areas, security control, boarding gates, lounges, retail stores, food and beverage outlets, boarding bridges, escalators and elevators, immigration control areas and facilities, baggage drop-off area and departure from the arrivals area.

The Airport Health Accreditation programme assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force recommendations. Areas of assessment for accreditation include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.

The programme, launched in July, has been well received by airport operators globally, receiving 225 applications for the accreditation process. The fully virtual application process is open to ACI member airports of all sizes globally.

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