Alicante-Elche (ALC) is one of Spain´s Covid-safest airports

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The Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández airport (ALC), together with five other airports in the Aena network in Spain, has just obtained the maximum score awarded by the covid Safety Ratings program launched by Skytrax, an internationally renowned airport research and studies consultancy. The other airports are Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas (MAD), Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat (BCN), Malaga-Costa del Sol (AGP), Palma de Mallorca (PMI), and Tenerife North-Ciudad de la Laguna (TFN). The rating obtained by ALC is the maximum five stars “Very High Standards”.

The Covid-19 Safety Ratings program, a world standard

The Covid-19 Safety Ratings program is the only program worldwide designed specifically for the airport sector. A group of auditors visited the 6 airports and inspected the measures implemented by Aena to guarantee the safety of passengers and workers in light of the health situation. In these audits, they evaluate up to 175 different security protocols introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce risk and improve the well-being of passengers and airport workers.

The rating obtained by ALC is five stars “Very High Standards”, the maximum awarded.

Among the aspects that have been audited are the following:

  • Covid-19 informative signage
  • Application of measures to restrict access to terminals
  • Covid-19 test facilities (test clinics)
  • Application and signaling of social distancing
  • Health controls
  • Requirement to use masks by passengers
  • Availability and visibility of hydroalcoholic gel devices
  • Sale of PPE (masks, gloves etc.),
  • Air flow and improved ventilation filters at the terminal
  • Cleaning and monitoring of public areas, bathrooms, restaurant areas
  • Hygiene policies and compliance with personal PPE at Safety Control

One of the key strengths Skytrax auditors highlighted in the case of Alicante is the Covid Protection Team for their number, visibility, availability and performance that they consider extraordinary and very timely.

The Skytrax accreditation is considered a world benchmark to define the guarantee of safe travel for customers and a maximum recognition of the effectiveness of the hygiene and safety measures implemented at airports.

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