Costa Rican international airport Daniel Oduber Quirós, also known as Guanacaste Airport, has received the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) from Airports Council International (ACI).

It is the first airport in Central America to obtain this accreditation, which was achieved due to the thorough sanitary measures implemented by the VINCI Airports network to counter the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The airport follows strict processes of cleaning and disinfecting, as well as the introduction of social distancing markings, the strategic organisation of terminal space, and its passenger awareness communication campaigns.

Guanacaste Airport CORIPORT general manager said: “At CORIPORT, we have always been fully dedicated to monitoring this health situation to make the passengers’ protection and safety our priority.

“This certification shows our commitment to maintaining a safe operation regardless of the current circumstances.”

The AHA accreditation is rewarded to airports to create safe transit spaces while providing a quality service. Furthermore, the recognition encourages customer trust in travelling again.

The international programme allows airports to demonstrate that health and safety is being prioritised in a measurable and established manner.

Launched last month, the ACI AHA programme provides an assessment to airports to ensure their health measures are aligned with the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) Recommendations.

VINCI Airports has conducted sanitary measures campaigns across a network of 45 airports.

In June, VINCI Airports resumed commercial flight activity across its network in Japan as travel restrictions were eased in the country.

The operator started serving domestic passengers at Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport, and Kobe Airport, on 19 June.