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Health Accreditation for Brazil’s Salvador Bahia Airport


Salvador Bahia Airport has become the first gateway in the northeast region of Brazil to be granted Airport Health Accreditation status by ACI for its anti-COVID measures.

Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) celebrates and promotes the best sanitary practices in the airport industry.

In order to receive the accreditation, Salvador Bahia Airport underwent a voluntary assessment by the AHA programme, which verified a diverse array of topics such as cleaning and disinfection, physical distance, personnel protection, physical layout, communications and passenger facilities.

The assessment were carried out in all areas and processes involving travellers, including terminal access, check-in areas, gates, lounges, retail stores, restaurants, border control areas and their facilities, baggage claim and arrivals area. 

“This accreditation reflects VINCI Airport’s concern since the very beginning of the pandemic to make Salvador Bahia Airport and all the airports of our network a safe environment for travellers and the airport community,” enthuses the gateway’s operations director, António Mendes.

“Our measures to fight COVID-19 is now internationally recognised, confirming that all signage, awareness and adequacy actions of infrastructure and processes are in line with global health security protocols.”

Its efforts are line with health safety standards based on international protocols and with the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) guidelines for airports.

Some of the measures adopted during the pandemic at Salvador Bahia Airport are increased frequency of cleaning in common areas, safety distances marked on the floor, use of protective barriers at check-in counters and hand sanitiser points at the terminal. 

In addition, other solutions were developed and included in the airport’s security protocols, such as a disinfection tunnel, installed to effectively sanitise the trays using ultraviolet rays. 

The airport notes that ‘innovation was also applied to sanitary measures”, courtesy of ‘Bathroom 3.0’, which uses a motion sensor to monitor occupancy and indicate whether the user can enter or whether to look for another cubicle.

A screen on the outside communicates in real time the occupation of the bathroom – low, medium, or maximum – to avoid crowding in the internal area.     

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