Fukuoka International Airport is certified with the highest 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rating
By Peter Miller, Skytrax – London, UK
Fukuoka International Airport has been Certified with the highest 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating in recognition of the airport achieving the highest standard of hygiene and safety protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating is awarded to Fukuoka International Airport following a detailed Audit evaluation of COVID-19 Safety standards conducted by Skytrax in August 2022.
This Safety Accreditation is regarded as a global benchmark for defining safe travel assurance for customers and a top recognition of the effectiveness of the safety measures introduced by Fukuoka International Airport to protect their customers and staff against the spread of coronavirus.
The audit assessed 175 different safety practices related specifically to the COVID-19 pandemic that serve to reduce risk and enhance customer and staff wellbeing. The inspections examined the implementation of health, hygiene, and safety measures in accordance with the recommendations of the ICAO Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force, in addition to requirements from the government of Japan.
The 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating recognises very high standards of airport cleanliness and maintenance procedures, with these protocols adhered to consistently.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax said: “Fukuoka Airport management continue to provide many systems and safety protocols relating to COVID-19 risk reduction, and with Japan expecting to welcome many more passengers to the country before the end of 2022, travellers arriving and departing through Fukuoka can be reassured that the airport is delivering the highest standards of terminal hygiene and safety. We offer our sincere congratulations to all airport management, staff, and other stakeholders on the outcome of the audit. ”
Throughout the airport customers will see a range of safe movement systems in queuing areas and spaces where crowding may occur. Similarly, hand sanitisers are provided in all high-contact locations such as service counters, lavatories, shopping, and dining outlets.
Service counters maintain protections screens in all customer facing positions, and the anti-microbial coatings are being used in some self-service positions. A number of no-contact service innovations for travel ticketing and F&B have been implemented.
Fukuoka Airport continues to remind travellers of the importance of mask use, hand hygiene and physical distancing throughout the domestic and international terminals and has cooperated with a broad range of airport partners to deliver these messages.
Critically, terminal cleanliness protocols are observed to be of the highest standard which should be of strong reassurance to customers.
As the world moves on from the Coronavirus pandemic Skytrax will continue to monitor airport cleanliness standards through the Airport Hygiene Rating Accreditation.
The COVID-19 Safety Rating evaluates how effectively and consistently COVID-19 procedures are being provided, including terminal cleanliness, cleaning and disinfection systems, standard and usage conformity of staff personal protective equipment, branding, standard and application of social distancing signage, floor markers and seat distancing, hand sanitiser facilities, airport PA guidance, organisation and control of passenger flows around the airport, security screening hygiene systems, general passenger facilities (e.g. baggage trolleys) and control of social distancing and face mask usage.
A 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 UV sanitisation and mass disinfectant treatments which are scientifically evaluated.
ABOUT FUKUOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
In April 1972, the airport was designated as a second-class airport, and renamed “Fukuoka Airport”, under the management of the Ministry of Transport . At the same time, it was designated as a specific airfield, under the Prevention of Injury from Aircraft Noise Around Public Airfields Act.
In April 1974, due to the increase in the number of passengers, Fukuoka Airport started opened a second Terminal Building (now the south part of the Domestic Passenger Terminal Building), and in April 1981 a Terminal 3 Building was set up (now the north part of the Domestic Passenger Terminal Building), making Fukuoka Airport a major airport in East Asia. In addition, as a result of efforts to improve links to various modes of transportation, Fukuoka Airport Station (Fukuoka Kuko Station) was opened March 1993, in joint association with Fukuoka Municipal Subway.
Since then, facilities have continued to be enhanced and improved upon. In May 1999, the International Passenger Terminal Building and Cargo Building were established. With the construction of the new International Passenger Terminal Building on the west side of the runway, the building on the east side became exclusively for domestic flights. The Passenger Terminal Buildings were divided into two seperate buildings to the east and west across the runway.
Skytrax is the International air transport rating organisation established in 1989 and based in London, United Kingdom. In 2020, Skytrax launched the COVID-19 Safety Ratings covering airports across the world, providing independent, expert evaluation and certification of airport COVID-19 hygiene and safety measures. The Skytrax COVID-19 Safety Accreditation is regarded as a global benchmark for defining safe travel assurance for customers.
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