The scheme assesses airports on their operations in line with ICAO guidelines
Istanbul Airport has become the first to be reaccredited through the Airport Health Accreditation programme by Airports Council International (ACI) World and ACI Europe.
Last year, the Turkish hub was the first to receive the certification which was granted for 12 months. This has now been renewed for another year after ACI reopened the initiative in June 2021.
“Fostering confidence in air travel will be key to the sustained recovery of the industry and we congratulate the Istanbul Airport team for again demonstrating to passengers that their health and safety is an overriding priority,” said Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World director general, and Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe director general in a joint statement.
Kadri Samsunlu, chief executive office of iGA Airport Operation, added: “With the acceleration of the vaccination campaign and the beginning of the summer season, we entered a process in which we are approaching the best scenario in terms of aviation. As iGA, we have come a long way in terms of health measures by putting in extra effort until we saw this optimistic view. Seeing that the steps taken in terms of health measures in Istanbul Airport were later implemented in different industries is the biggest proof of how we excelled at our work.”
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) supports the programme, which remains inline with guidelines set out by the group’s Recovery Task Force (CART).
Passenger areas and processes are assessed through the initiative, including terminal access, check-in, security screening, boarding gates, airport lounges, retail, hospitality, equipment and baggage claim.
Cleaning, disinfecting, social distancing, the protection of employees, passenger communications and onsite facilities are also evaluated.
Since its launch in July 2020, more than 600 airports have signed up to the scheme.