How are airport COVID-19 safety procedures performing?
The 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating is the highest quality validation
» Safe air travel during COVID-19
The COVID-19 Airport Safety Ratings are based on an amalgam of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis and ATP sampling tests, with consistency being a key determinant in the final rating applied. To ensure transparency, accuracy and consistency, COVID-19 Airport Safety Ratings are based on scientific study and analysis by the expert Skytrax Airport Audit team, and involve no element of self-testing or evaluation by an airport. Credible COVID-19 airport ratings and accreditation require actual testing, analysis and evaluation, supported by an in-depth experience of specialist airport auditing.
Commenting on the COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating, Edward Plaisted of Skytrax said:
“Our specialist Audit teams physically visit and inspect airport facilities and service to evaluate how effectively their COVID-19 procedures are being provided. To offer proper assurance of health and safety standards to both customers and staff, this is essential because theory and planning behind such issues is often not delivered consistently in some front-line positions, and we highlight all required changes and improvements to the airport operator.
The correct COVID-19 auditing of an airport needs more than just generic inspection and testing, and requires specialist airport experience and knowledge to be complete. With over 30 years of airport standards analysis, Skytrax are world leaders in these areas of airport testing, inspection and certification.”
To evaluate the proper and successful execution of cleaning processes, Skytrax use on-site environmental ATP testing which is geared around high contact areas and customer usage frequency. This procedure signifies clearly if a surface has been adequately cleaned, and highlights to airports where systematic change to the cleaning technique or frequency is needed to achieve the correct standard.
» A-Z Index of COVID-19 Airport safety Ratings
A summary of the COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating levels is provided below.
The 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating recognises very high standards of airport cleanliness and maintenance procedures. Airports achieving 5-Star deliver many Best Practice systems of cleanliness and hygiene monitoring, and most importantly, these protocols are adhered to consistently. In addition to excellent visual cleanliness and terminal presentation standards, 5-Star COVID-19 Airports may use new techniques for UV sanitisation, and mass disinfectant treatments which are scientifically evaluated.
The 4-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating indicates a good standard of airport cleanliness and maintenance procedures. Airports achieving 4-Star deliver some Best Practice systems of cleanliness and hygiene monitoring, but these may be applied inconsistently. 4-Star rated airports deliver good visual cleanliness and terminal presentation standards, in addition to robust disinfection and hygiene measures which have been scientifically evaluated.
The 3-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating indicates an average standard of airport cleanliness and maintenance procedures. Airports achieving 3-Star have Best Practice systems for cleanliness but do not apply the necessary cleaning and hygiene protocols on a regular or consistent basis. 3-Star rated airports deliver reasonable visual cleanliness and terminal presentation standards, and the disinfection and hygiene measures have been scientifically evaluated.