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Amman, December 2020: Airport International Group announced that Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) has received the Airports Council International (ACI) ‘Airport Health Accreditation’ - in acknowledgment of its efforts to deliver a safe airport experience to passengers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As both QAIA and the aviation industry at large remain considerably impacted by the unprecedented global health crisis, securing this 12-month accreditation is paramount for granting passengers the confidence and trust to travel by air again, while sustaining airport operations and contributing to the revival of several other industries, most notably tourism. The accreditation was awarded following a thorough assessment of the preventive measures and procedures implemented at QAIA - as per ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Restart Task Force (CART) recommendations, alongside industry best practices. The assessment covered cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), physical layout, staff protection, passenger communications and passenger facilities.
ACI launched the ‘Airport Health Accreditation’ program in July 2020 to assist airports in evaluating their newly-introduced health measures and procedures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic against global standards and the national measures defined by each country. With this accreditation, QAIA joins a host of worldwide airports working actively and consistently to reassure travelers that their wellbeing is a priority, airport facilities are safe and precautions are being taken to mitigate potential health risks.
“Gaining the globally-recognized Airport Health Accreditation is a vital step towards offering passengers peace of mind as they travel through our airport. The accreditation not only serves as validation that our measures align with international guidelines and procedures, but it also reaffirms to our passengers and employees, as well as to regulators, government officials and the general public, that health and safety are not areas we waver on. On this note, I would like to thank everyone within the QAIA community for coming together to confront this year’s extraordinary challenges and adhering to the measures necessary for firmly positioning our airport on the path to recovery,” commented Airport International Group CEO, Nicolas Claude.
Over the past few months, Airport International Group had implemented several precautionary and sanitary measures. These included thermal screening at the Arrivals and Departures Areas, installing plexiglass barriers at counters, displaying health and safety instructions, placing hand sanitizer stands and physical distancing markings and regularly disinfecting facilities. Furthermore, Airport International Group had cooperated with the Ministry of Health to set up a medical laboratory at QAIA to perform PCR tests on arriving passengers as per the travel procedures mandated by the Government of Jordan.
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