The International Air Transport Classification Agency Skytrax has awarded Rome’s Fiumicino Airport the “Covid-19 5-star Classification”, making it the first airport to receive it.
The audit was conducted last September, and was based on a combination of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis and ATP sampling tests, with a consistency of the standards being a key determinant in the final rating.
Fiumicino Airport rigorously complies with all established Covid-19 general policies and procedures, with effective signaling and information systems that have been put into practice correctly, so Skytrax could verify the success in the application of each of them to maintain the safety of all airport staff and clients.
“In the busy areas of the terminal, the airport has an internal biosecurity team made up of 40 people, which facilitates social distancing and guarantees compliance with the use of the mask,” said Skytrax.
Airport rankings are based on scientific study and Skytrax analysis. It does not include any element of self-testing or evaluation by the airport, but includes the analysis of hygiene protocols, referring to the ICAO and EASA aviation health security guidelines.
Malaga Airport – Costa del Sol in Spain, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in France, and Heathrow Airport in London have received three stars for their response and attention to Covid-19.
According to the established rating system, five stars show “superior standards of cleaning and maintenance procedures at the airport”, four stars show “good” standards and three “average”.
So far, Skytrax has only monitored European airports. However, they hope to rate airports in North America, the Middle East and Asia from October 2020, as some borders open.