OR Tambo International Airport has received airport health accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI). The accreditation is based on assessments of a range of areas, including passenger areas and processes at an airport, from access to the terminal, through security screening to the aircraft embarkation bridges.
The director of the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Ms Poppy Khoza as well as Airport Management conduct a compliance walkabout at O.R. Tambo International Airport. pic.twitter.com/Wfk0evXu7d
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It also includes the food and beverage outlets and evaluates an airport’s adherence to best practices regarding cleaning, sanitation, staff and passenger protection and facilities, communication and physical distancing.
‘While there have been setbacks across the world in combating Covid-19, it remains critical that airports continue to demonstrate to passengers, airlines and governments that we provide a safe environment,’ OR Tambo General Manager Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana told Engineering News.
The airport health accreditation aims to set a standard of COVID-19 compliance to ensure the safety of employees and travellers, as well as to restore confidence in the tourism industry.
Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA) Group Manager Eugenia Boinamo said in a statement: ‘Regaining public confidence in air travel is important to us and one of the ways of achieving this is giving our passengers the guarantee that it’s safe to travel through our airports. Getting this international accreditation from ACI illustrates that we have and will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our passengers.’