Salvador Bahia Airport obtains Airport Health Accreditation (AHA)
Panama, July 14, 2021 – Airports Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) is pleased to announce that Salvador Bahia Airport (SSA) obtains Airport Health Accreditation (AHA).
The AHA accreditation is based on the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) CART (Aviation Recovery Task Force) documents and the ACI Business Restart and Recover recommendations guide. The program, which provides airports with guidance to align with international best practices, is open to all ACI member airports of all sizes and in all regions.
To ensure the protection of its users, Salvador de Bahia airport increased the frequency of cleaning common areas, demarcated safety distances, installed protective barriers at check-in counters, made alcohol gel available in the terminal and implemented the mandatory use of face masks. In addition, specific solutions have been developed, such as a tray disinfection tunnel with ultraviolet lamps and the “Toilet 3.0”, in which a screen indicates the occupancy limits of the sets of toilets. In turn, a contingency plan for treating passengers with suspected Covid-19.
“The accreditation reflects our concern since the beginning of the pandemic to make the airport a safe environment for travelers and the airport community. Our measures to combat Covid-19 have already gained international recognition, confirming that all signage, awareness and adjustments to infrastructure and processes are aligned with global health and safety protocols,” said António Mendes, director of operations at Salvador da Bahia Airport.
“By obtaining Airport Health Accreditation, Salvador da Bahia Airport demonstrates to passengers, employees and public authorities that it prioritizes the health and safety of its users and staff, especially in times of Covid-19. This initiative allows the public to use the airport facilities and travel again, demonstrating that air transport is not a vector of contagion,” added Rafael Echevarne, Director General of ACI-LAC.
Worldwide, more than 350 airports are already certified by the AHA Program, among them, besides Salvador International Airport, 5 others are in Brazil: GRU – São Paulo International Airport, Brasilia International Airport, Rio de Janeiro International Airport – Galeão, Viracopos International Airport and Belo Horizonte International Airport.