Prague Airport has been awarded the international ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) certificate for implementing a high level of protective measures to ensure increased safety of passengers.

The certification process took around a month.

Prague Airport board of directors chairman Vaclav Rehor said: “Prague Airport has applied protection measures to its operation as one of the first entities in the Czech Republic. Therefore, we changed some check-in procedures at the airport and took steps to make the airport safe.

“Due to the situation at hand, we also decided to implement new cleaning and disinfection technologies, to invest in protective gear for employees and in protective plexiglass.

“We have also increased the frequency of cleaning and at the same time launched a major educational campaign among passengers and employees. Our long-term efforts have now been confirmed by the receipt of the international ACI Airport Health Accreditation, which also proves that the set protection measures work, eliminate travel risks and thus increase the safety of flying from Prague.”

The accreditation certificate approves that the set measures, processes and individual steps applied at Prague Airport meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Airports Council International (ACI).

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For the purpose of accreditation, information on all set measures and processes were provided by the airport.

Some of the information included complete records of all disinfection and cleaning means and methods, an overview of changes in passenger handling processes, and precise steps in protecting employees’ health.

Rehor added: “To reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 among workers, we have also launched our own sophisticated and effective system for tracing and following contacts in the workplace, including a non-stop Infoline.

“We have involved in the initiative not only subsidiaries within the Prague Airport Group, but also other entities operating at Václav Havel Airport Prague.

“Thanks to the system efficiency, even in times of the deteriorating epidemiological situation throughout the Czech Republic, it has been possible to eliminate risky contacts of employees directly at the airport.

“If a health status check is needed, for example of employees performing work affecting crucial airport operations, we also fund their testing using RT-PCR tests, which they can undergo directly at the airport.”

Some of the requirements for obtaining the certificate were photo documentation of protective measures and examples of used online and offline communication channels.

Based on the provided information, ACI experts subsequently performed a final audit.

They also evaluated the individual aspects of the whole passenger journey such as the requirements for keeping a safe distance, wearing protective face masks, the cleaning processes and more.

The complete approach of the airport to the safety of passengers and employees was also analysed, as well as its adherence to the applicable legislation.