Incheon becomes first Asia-Pacific airport to gain ACI Health Accreditation
The Airport Health Accreditation highlights Incheon Airport’s efforts to keep passengers safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific has announced that Incheon International Airport (ICN) has become the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region to be accredited under the ACI Airport Health Accreditation programme.
ACI’s new accreditation programme assists airports by assessing the new health measures and procedures that have been introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) recommendations.
Areas of assessment for the accreditation include: Cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.
Director General of ACI Asia-Pacific, Stefano Baronci, said: “It gives us great pleasure to announce that Incheon is the first airport in our region to successfully complete the online accreditation process for the Airport Health Accreditation programme. Passengers travelling through or to Seoul, Korea, can rest assured that Incheon is prioritising health and safety in a measurable, established manner.”
The ICAO-supported Airport Health Accreditation programme, launched in July 2020, has been well-received by airport operators globally, receiving more than 225 applications for the accreditation process to date. The fully-virtual application process is open to ACI member airports of all sizes across all regions.
Bon-Hwan Koo, President and CEO of the Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), said: “Receiving the ACI Airport Health Accreditation is the result of 70,000 airport workers’ best efforts at the forefront of national quarantine and the excellence of Korea’s response to COVID-19. Passengers’ safety is our highest priority and we will continue to make every effort to build a thorough quarantine system so that passengers can use our airport with confidence.”