Airport Health Accreditation for Hyderabad’s gateway to the world
Operator, GHIAL, has announced that Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has achieved Airport Health Accreditation (AHA).
The accreditation recognises the airport’s efforts to make it a safe environment for passengers and staff in line with ACI’s Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) Recommendations along with industry best practices.
Hyderabad is among the first airports in Asia-Pacific region to have received this coveted accreditation.
The ACI assessment covered the health and safety measures undertaken by GMR Hyderabad International Airport for passengers and staff in all the terminal areas including departures, arrivals and transfers, transportation services, F&B services, escalators and elevators, lounges, facilities, baggage claim area etc.
The assessment also captured the initiatives that airport took for safety and well-being of employees and stakeholders.
GHIAL notes that with growing passenger confidence, the airport is steadily seeing an increase in passenger traffic. In the month of August 2020, for example, the airport handled an average of 16,000 domestic passengers daily and over 170 domestic air traffic movements daily amidst the best in industry safety standards and contactless travel options.
It adds that airlines now serve 50 domestic destination from Hyderabad – just give less than before the pandemic struck.
For the record the top five destinations in terms of passenger footfall include – Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai.
GHIAL CEO, Pradeep Panicker, says: “ACI Airport Health Accreditation emboldens our commitment and consistent drive towards the safety of passengers and entire airport community.
“This has been a collaborative effort and we thank everyone at the airport who have put in their heart and soul throughout this period of global pandemic.
“During these extraordinary times, Hyderabad International Airport has been agile and adaptive to the latest government regulations and norms to ensure airport operations are running even during the lockdown, keeping essential services active with utmost level of health and hygiene for everyone with consistency and quality assurance.”
ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, said: “We congratulate Rajiv Gandhi International Airport for being accredited through ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme which demonstrates that they are focused on the health and welfare of travellers, staff, and the public.
“Public confidence in air travel will be crucial as our industry prepares to sustain continuing operations, and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is leading the way by providing to passengers and employees high globally-recognized standards on health and hygiene.”
This accreditation is a testimony for all health and hygiene precautions like contact-less boarding experience, physical distancing, sanitisation measures, disinfection initiatives that are being implemented across the airport to ensure passenger safety.
To bolster the restart of aviation post COVID-19, heightened hygiene standards has become one of the key priorities of airports, and Hyderabad International Airport is no exception as airports across the globe endeavour to safeguard operations and restore passenger confidence.