COVID-19 operational practices examples published by ACI World
As airports work to limit the impact of COVID-19, ACI World has published examples of operational practices in order to support airports’ responses during the pandemic.
Airports Council International (ACI) World has published examples of operational practices introduced by airport members from around the world in response to the restrictions and upheaval created by the COVID-19 crisis in order to support other airports’ responses to the pandemic.
The document – titled Airport Operational Practice Examples for Managing COVID-19 – outlines a set of typical measures implemented at major international airports, gathered from across ACI’s membership network.
In order to limit the spread and the impact of the virus, national regulators and health authorities have reacted by introducing measures directly affecting aviation and, more broadly, general society. Most airports are operating at vastly reduced capacity, and almost all have introduced operational measures to deal with the crisis.
These operational examples outlined within the publication will assist airports by allowing them to learn from their global peers as they seek to address the local impacts of COVID-19 on their own operations.
Angela Gittens, ACI World Director General, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on airports around the world. For airport operators, the main aims have been to protect the health and welfare of travellers, staff and the public, and to reduce the opportunities for further spread of the virus.”
Gittens continued: “Airports have had to adapt their practices to respond to the health and safety requirements of dealing with COVID-19, but have also had to reconfigure their operations due to the unprecedented losses in traffic and revenue. The publication is intended to provide a number of options and examples that airports can use, rather than being a best practice, so that they can provide the most appropriate local response to this global crisis.”
Key subjects covered in the publication include:
- Adaptation of management and planning to respond to COVID-19 impacts
- Staff management measures, including education, wellbeing and health monitoring
- Passenger management procedures, including the introduction of temperature screening, health declaration, and cleaning and sanitising
- Changes to facilities management, including cleaning of staff and public areas (such as restaurants)
- Provision of protective and cleaning equipment
- Airside operations and safety, including risks and operational impacts
- Security measures, including passenger and staff security screening
- Information technology requirements.