COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating

Skytrax COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating is a trusted assessment and certification of airline hygiene and safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic, based on detailed and professional investigation of the standards being provided by an airline at the airport and onboard flights.

It is the world’s first COVID-19 Safety Accreditation for the airline industry, regarded as a global benchmark for defining safe travel assurance for customers by complex analysis of the hygiene improvement procedures and systems introduced by airlines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 Safety Audit investigates and evaluates over 190 safety and hygiene protocols introduced by airlines during COVID-19 to enhance customer and staff safety, including standards of social distancing, efficacy of cleaning systems across both the airport and onboard environments, and all associated measures to enhance hygiene protection (eg. face mask usage, service systems in the airport and onboard flights).

» COVID-19 Airline Safety Certifications

Evaluating the front-line realities of an airline’s COVID-19 safety and hygiene procedures is critical to determining a COVID-19 rating, and as airlines begin to restore more services throughout 2021, their ability to assure customers of a safe travel experience is essential to restoring confidence in air travel.


5-STAR COVID-19 AIRLINES
airBaltic
ANA All Nippon Airways
Japan Airlines
Oman Air
Qatar Airways


4-STAR COVID-19 AIRLINES
Aegean Airlines
Air France
British Airways
Copa Airlines
easyJet
Emirates
Finnair
Iberia
IndiGo
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Lufthansa
Ryanair
TAP Portugal
Turkish Airlines
Vueling Airlines


3-STAR COVID-19 AIRLINES
Air Arabia
Anadolujet
Blue Air
Egyptair
LOT Polish Airlines
Pegasus Airlines
Wizz Air

» A-Z of COVID-19 Airline Safety Ratings

Airport assessment covers check-in services and facilities, airline lounges, boarding procedures, deplaning procedures, baggage claim, arrival, and transfer options. The airport service elements include all airline provided options, not areas under direct control of the airport operator. Aside from the cleanliness objective, this evaluates service processes for reducing customer and staff contact wherever practically possible.

Onboard flights, cabin cleanliness includes systems and techniques for cleaning common surface contact areas, customer and staff use of face masks and PPE, and protocols to control this, adapted cabin service procedures including food & beverages, in addition to assessing amenities and comfort items.

For ongoing assessment of cleaning processes, the airline is using ATP testing where possible for high contact areas. This signifies if a surface has been adequately cleaned, and highlights where systematic change to either cleaning techniques or frequency may be needed.


The COVID-19 Airline Safety Ratings award between 3-Star and the highest 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating.


A 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating confirms excellent airport processing standards that considers all practical elements of contactless technology, customer handling, and social distancing protocols for check-in, boarding, and arrival. Airline lounges meet a high standard of cleanliness procedures and consistency, with good measures in place that facilitate social distancing, and safe delivery systems for food and beverages. Onboard cleanliness and cabin presentation is at a excellent quality level, and may use new techniques for UV sanitisation, and mass disinfectant treatments which are scientifically evaluated. Service systems for catering are adapted for COVID-19 times, with reduced contact delivery and enhanced food safety measures for meal presentation.


A 4-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating recognises good airport processing standards that include some elements of contactless technology, customer handling, and social distancing protocols for check-in, boarding, and arrival. Airline lounges have good cleanliness procedures and consistency, and there are reasonable measures in place that facilitate social distancing, and safe delivery systems for food and beverages. Onboard cleanliness and cabin presentation is at a good quality level which may use techniques for UV sanitisation, and mass disinfectant treatments which are scientifically evaluated. Most service systems for catering are adapted for COVID-19 times, with some reduced contact delivery and enhanced food safety measures for meal presentation.


A 3-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating achieves average airport processing standards that have few elements of contactless technology, customer handling, and social distancing protocols for check-in, boarding, and arrival. Airline lounge cleanliness may be inconsistent, and/or with limited measures in place that facilitate social distancing, and safe delivery systems for food and beverages. Onboard cleanliness procedures, consistency and cabin presentation varies between flights. Some service systems for catering are adapted for COVID-19 times, with basic reduced contact delivery and limited or inconsistent enhanced food safety measures for meal presentation.

We do not include social distancing for cabin seating, since very few airlines block middle seats on wide-body aircraft or aisle or window seats on narrower planes, and such a policy is not a sustainable model.

» ATP Testing information


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