Sharjah Airport in the UAE has obtained the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) certificate from the Airports Council International (ACI), a global trade representative of the world’s airport authorities.

The airport is the first Emirates airport and the seventh in the Middle East to have received this certificate.

The certificate highlights the achievements of Sharjah Airport in providing a safe experience for its passengers during the pandemic.

The process of accreditation involved a thorough evaluation of the health and safety measures in place, including the cleaning and disinfection of facilities, social distancing measures, and security inspections.

Sharjah Airport Authority chairman Ali Salem Al Midfa said: “Obtaining this accreditation from the Airports Council International is a reflection of the relentless efforts being made by Sharjah Airport to maintain public health and safety.

“The health and safety of all travellers, customers, and employees is our number one priority in all operations. Since the start of these exceptional circumstances, Sharjah Airport has developed an integrated plan in cooperation with partners from the operating authorities, to ensure that we are adhering to the highest standards.

“We thank and applaud the aviation sector and international bodies, including the Airports Council International, for laying out these guidelines and measures with the aim to protect all members of society.”

ACI Asia-Pacific director general Stefano Baronci said: “Sharjah Airport’s obtaining this international accreditation is further evidence that the airport’s team has succeeded in implementing health standards and measures that ensure safe travel through the airport. This accreditation also confirms that Sharjah Airport is making all efforts to preserve the health and safety of travellers, customers, and employees in various facilities and departments.”

Under its integrated plan, several measures were implemented by the airport to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The airport also intensified the sterilisation of its premises, including the arrivals and departures halls, public facilities, floors, walls, barriers, passenger bridges, check-in counters, waiting chairs and toilets.

The Airport Health Accreditation programme, which started in July 2020, focuses on a commitment to the health and welfare of travellers, customers, and employees.

The programme inspects the quality of airport health procedures in the wake of the pandemic.