Airports Council International (ACI) Africa has announced Kotoka International Airport as the 2nd Airport in Africa to receive the ACI Airport Health Accreditation certificate. This is in recognition of the implementation of the recommended health measures in the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) Recommendations, along with industry best practices.
The ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) programme enables airports to demonstrate to passengers, staff, regulators and governments that they are prioritizing health and safety in a measurable and established manner. It also allows airports to validate their own measures throughout their facilities and processes and reassures the travelling public using the airports facilities as well as promoting the recognition of professional excellence in maintaining safe and hygienic facilities.
Commenting on the certification, Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company Limited, Mr. Yaw Kwakwa said “We are extremely grateful to ACI for the Airport Health Accreditation Certificate. As Managers and operators of Kotoka International Airport, our topmost priority is to put in place measures that will ensure a smooth and seamless facilitation process at our airports. We are deeply committed, with the support of government, to contributing our quota towards the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This accreditation will undoubtedly spur us on to continue on this good path of success”.
CART guidance addresses elements for: Airport terminal building, cleaning, disinfecting and hygiene, physical distancing, staff protection, access, check-in area, security screening, airside areas, gate installations, passenger transfer, disembarking, baggage claim and arrival areas. Airports were requested to provide evidence of measures in place to help an assessor validate their answers which included submission of photographs, videos, procedures, manuals and policies.
The accreditation will be valid for one calendar year during which airports are expected to complete ongoing self-assessment and quality assurance, leading to a cycle of continuous improvement, as situations change, and requirements evolve. ACI may perform a further review during the year to monitor continuing adherence to best practice.