Boston Logan International Airport, with non-stop service to 76 domestic and 58 international destinations, is the first North American airport to be accredited under the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation program.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, North American airports have taken unprecedented steps to ensure the health and safety of passengers and airport workers,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke, in a statement. “We are proud to recognize Boston Logan International Airport as the first U.S. and North American airport to achieve their Airport Health Accreditation. It further demonstrates the airport’s commitment to promoting health and safety as air travel begins to recover.”
ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation program assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force recommendations. Areas of assessment for accreditation include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.
“Air travel is a key driver for a global economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Boston Logan international Airports’ achievement in being accredited through ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation program will promote the harmonization of health measures and facilitate the recovery of aviation,” said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira, in a statement. “This achievement demonstrates to passengers, staff, regulators, and governments that Boston Logan is prioritizing health and safety in a measurable, established manner while also validating their own measures and processes.”
The Airport Health Accreditation program is also consistent with the recommendations and industry priorities put forward by ACI-NA’s Airport Industry Recovery Advisory Panel in June 2020. As the report recommends, the restart and recovery of the aviation sector will require a consistent and harmonized approach with clear industry standards and good practices. More airports adopting the Airport Health Accreditation program is a concrete step airports can take to reaffirm their commitment to health and safety.