Pearson Airport is the first Canadian airport to be accredited under the Airports Council International (ACI)’s Airport Health Accreditation programme.
The ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation program aims to assist 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.
“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.
“We are proud to recognize Toronto Pearson International Airport as the first Canadian airport to achieve their Airport Health Accreditation. This important step further demonstrates the airport’s deep commitment to promoting health and safety as air travel begins to recover.”
Deborah Flint, president and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority which operates Pearson, says the airport is playing its role in overcoming COVID-19 and building trust in aviation.
“We’re not only telling passengers and employees what they can do to help limit spread, but we have transformed our operation to deliver health and hygiene practices with consistency and quality assurance,” said Flint.
“We call it our five-point ‘Healthy Airport’ commitment. It encompasses everything from making passenger and employee health our top priority and working diligently with government and industry partners to communicating transparently and ensuring that our approach is innovative, aligned with industry standards and best in class by utilizing the latest processes and technologies.”
The Airport Health Accreditation programme is consistent with the recommendations and industry priorities put forward by ACI-NA’s Airport Industry Recovery Advisory Panel in June 2020. The report says the recovery of the aviation sector will require a consistent and harmonized approach, with clear industry standards and good practices.