Cork Airport battles COVID19 aviation downturn with ‘ACI Airport Health Accreditation’ demonstrating best practice in cleaning and distancing

15 September 2020
By Mary Bermingham
mary@TheCork.ie

Airports Council International (ACI) World and ACI EUROPE have today announced that Cork Airport is the first airport on the island of Ireland to be accredited through its new Airport Health Accreditation programme.

ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force recommendations and in alignment with the joint EASA and ECDC Aviation Health Safety Protocol and ACI EUROPE’s Guidelines for a Healthy Passenger Experience at Airports.

Topics covered by the accreditation include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications, and passenger facilities.

ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said:

“Airports are vital cogs in the aviation ecosystem and Cork Airport’s achievement in being the first airport in Ireland to achieve accreditation through ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme shows a commitment to health and hygiene which will help to restore passenger confidence in air travel. As important engines of growth, wealth creation, and employment, the recovery of the airport sector will be a significant driver of the global and local economic recovery following COVID-19 and Cork Airport has showed it can be an industry leader by completing our programme.”

Commentating on Cork Airport being certified under the Airport Health Accreditation programme, Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director said:

“The fact that Cork Airport is the first airport in Ireland and one of the first in world to be a holder of this international certificate proves that it is always our top priority to ensure the health and safety of our passengers and employees. The awarding of the Airport Health Accreditation certificate is also proof that our measures at Cork Airport are at the top of all international standards. I should stress that we never ever compromise on the health and safety of our passengers and employees at Cork Airport. This certification will become increasingly important as the Government moves to reopen international travel and the industry and Government collaborate on restoring passenger confidence in travel.”

File photo of Niall MacCarthy, MD, Cork Airport
Pic: Brian Lougheed

ACI EUROPE Director General Olivier Jankovec commented:

“The comprehensive set of health and safety measures put in place by Cork Airport, resulting in its achievement of ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) today, is exemplary. It signals Cork Airport’s readiness to welcome back its passengers and facilitate their journeys. Aligning with best practices carved out by the ACI EUROPE Guidelines for a Healthy Passenger Experience and the ICAO’s Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce and reflected in ACI’s AHA framework is no small feat amid the ongoing ravage of the COVID-19 crisis. It is with great pride we note that the first airport to become accredited in Ireland is Cork Airport – ACI Europe’s Best Airport in its class in 2019 – reflecting the eager adoption of the new focus on the health-concerned passenger among airports across our region. Congratulations are in order for the Cork Airport team yet again!”

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