As part of the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) program intended to assess the health measures in airport, ACI (Airport Council International) - a benchmark association gathering most of the airports worldwide - has already awarded its certification to fourteen airports belonging to Groupe ADP's network, including Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports.
Facing the Covid-19 pandemic and to help with the resumption of air traffic, ACI has launched since July an accreditation program to assess the sanitary measures implemented in airports with the international recommendations defined by the dedicated task force of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and by ACI.
Open to all ACI member airports of all sizes and in all regions, this program is based on carrying out an audit through documentation provided by the airport, completed with questions and interviews.
The audit leading to certification screens all the sanitary measures implemented - cleaning and disinfection, staffs protection, facilities and equipments for passengers (thermal cameras, anti-COVID screening centers,…), communication, etc. - on all processes and areas of the airport: access to terminals, check-in, safety controls, border crossing, boarding lounges, shops, bars and restaurants, elevators, baggage delivery rooms, arrivals area, etc.
To date, 271 worldwide airports have expressed an interest for this certification program and 126 have already contracted with ACI, of which 36 have been accredited.
To date, fourteen airports belonging to Groupe ADP's network have already been awarded including Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports, but also international airports of Antananarivo in Madagascar, Ankara and Gazipacça in Turkey, Conakry in Guinea, Medina in Saudi Arabia, Port Louis in Mauritius, Enfidha and Monastir in Tunisia, Delhi and Hyderabad in India, Skopje in North Macedonia and Zagreb in Croatia.
Eight other airports in the network - like Santiago of Chile, Bodrum and Antalya in Turkey or Amman in Jordan - are waiting for certification.
On this occasion, Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Groupe ADP, said: 'half of the airports in our network has already been certified by the sanitary ACI program, which attests to the relevance and the effectiveness of the measures implemented in our terminals. Our main priority is and will remain to guarantee under the best possible conditions, the heath security of our passengers and all staff at our airports. This is an essential condition to restore trust and regain the desire for travel.'