Rome’s Fiumicino airport becomes the first airport in the world to be certified with the “COVID-19 5 star rating” by the international air transport classification agency Skytrax.
The audit was carried out over 3 days in September and is based on a combination of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis and ATP sampling tests, with consistency of standards being a key determinant in the final rating applied.
COVID-19 systems and procedures established throughout Fiumicino airport meet a rigorous standard, and Skytrax verified the success of the application on the front line to maintain the safety of airport personnel and customers.
Skytrax identified that the general policies regarding COVID-19 procedures are correctly applied at Rome Fiumicino Airport, with effective signaling and information systems that have been implemented with excellent brand consistency and intelligibility. In the high traffic areas of the terminal, the airport has an internal biosafety team of 40 people that facilitates social distancing and ensures compliance with the use of the face mask.
The COVID-19 airport classifications are based on Skytrax’s scientific study and analysis and do not include any element of self-checking or evaluation by an airport, it is not simply a virtual analysis of the procedures that an airport expects to apply. The analysis of the hygiene protocols includes reference to the ICAO, EASA and ECDC COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety guidelines.
Three other European airports have received three stars for their response to covid-19: Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) in Spain, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) in France, and London Heathrow Airport (LHR).
So far, Skytrax, whose head office is in the UK, has only been able to monitor European airports.
According to Skytrax’s rating system, five stars indicate “very high standards of airport cleaning and maintenance procedures”, while four stars are “good” and three “average”.
Skytrax expects to rate airports in North America, the Middle East and Asia beginning in October 2020 as more national borders begin to open.