Airports Council International (ACI) World has prolonged its global Airport Health Accreditation programme, which is supported by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Opened for airports to be re-accredited for another 12 months, the programme aims at helping them to prioritise health and safety measures in an established way for passengers, regulators and governments.

The programme was introduced in July last year. As the original accreditation was sanctioned for only one year, ACI has extended it for an additional 12 months.

With the first airports accredited last August, over 600 airports have registered for the programme so far.

The updated programme is in line with the latest ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) Recommendations and the ACI EUROPE Guidelines for a Healthy Passenger Experience.

These guidelines and recommendations are further in accordance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency/ European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (EASA/ECDC) Aviation Health Safety Protocol and best industry practices.

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In addition, the guiding principles are aligned with the ACI’s updated Aviation Business Restart and Recovery publication.

ACI World director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “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.”

Under the Airport Health Accreditation programme, assessment is carried out in all passenger areas, including baggage claim area, terminal access, check-in areas, security screening, boarding gates, lounges and more.

As part of it, airport processes such as cleaning and disinfection, staff protection, physical layout, physical distancing, passenger communications and passenger facilities, are also evaluated.

Last week, ACI World and the five ACI regions set a long-term carbon goal for their member airports to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.