Friday, October 22

The World Air Authority certifies that the Alicante-Elche airport as a safe space against covid


Passengers checking luggage at the airport terminal

Passengers checking luggage at the airport terminal
Rafa Arjones

Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández Airport has received the certification of the Airport Health Accreditation program of the Airports Council International (ACI), a program that assesses compliance with the sanitary measures recommended by ACI, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), EASA, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization guidelines ( OMS), and which are in turn aligned with the objectives of the Operational Recovery Plan developed at Aena since April 2020 and which is being applied at all airports in the network. Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) demonstrates Aena’s commitment to the measures adopted for the safety of employees and passengers as a result of the pandemic, with the aim of regaining the confidence of travelers in air transport.

Next to that of Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández The airports of Bilbao, Girona Costa-Brava, Ibiza, Menorca, Malaga-Costa del Sol, Seville, Valencia, Gran Canaria, Tenerife North-City of La Laguna, Tenerife South, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, have also obtained accreditation. El Hierro and La Gomera, in addition to the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat and Palma de Mallorca airports, which already obtained certification at the beginning of the year. In total, up to now, 19 airports have obtained this certification, the rest being in the process of being processed.

As has been published by the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) in its “guidelines for covid-19 testing and quarantine of air travelers”, air transport has been shown to be an environment with a low prevalence of the virus, adding up to less than 1% of detected cases of covid-19 and without increase in the transmission ratio.

The protocols and measures are applied at all airports in the Aena network. Among these measures, ACI has certified the reinforcement of cleaning and disinfection in the facilities, the control of the maximum allowed capacity and the adaptation of the different operating processes to the new reality.

Likewise, ACI has assessed the installation of protective screens (the Alicante airport has installed 275 partitions distributed in different points of the terminals: check-in counters, boarding gates, health controls, security filters, passenger information points, etc.), informative signage through digital screens, posters and loudspeakers with messages for the use of a mask, personal distance, hand hygiene, etc., as well as marks and traces of social distancing (more than 4,400 brands) or cancellation of seats (they have been placed 1,300 sealing tapes). Aena has produced 84 new messages, which include all these variations in different languages, and more than 400 adaptations for the different spaces of the infrastructures. In addition, nearly 300 dispensers of hydroalcoholic gel and other elements have been installed. contactless such as taps and soap dishes (more than 180 new units).

On all these measures, Aena has worked and continues to work constantly in all its airports to recover traffic safely. Its Operational Recovery Plan includes more than 100 measures, including those directed directly to passengers, operational and organizational.

Laura Navarro, director of the airport, highlights “the importance of evaluating and accrediting the measures implemented to combat the covid, since this offers confidence to workers and passengers, something of vital importance for the recovery of traffic, especially now that travelers are planning their vacations Of summer”.

This accreditation reinforces the positive evaluations made by the passengers of the Alicante airport within the ASQ survey program (Airport Service Quality Program), and which have made it worthy of the ACI award for “Best Hygiene Measures ”In the European category.

AHA is the first global program conceived specifically for the airport sector since the crisis of the covid. The accreditation has been granted after a careful evaluation of the sanitary measures and procedures that Aena and the Spanish authorities have introduced in all passenger areas and processes.

Passengers can consult the updated information on the measures implemented at the airports on the Aena website, the recommendations for their trip (before heading to the airport, once at the facility, on the plane and at the destination airport) and the restrictions in force in the different territories. Is available in www.infocovidaena.es


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