The Maldive’s Velana International Airport in the Maldives has received accreditation under Airports Council International’s (ACI) new Airport Health Accreditation program.

ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation program assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the coronavirus 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.

MACL announced the achievement via a tweet on Tuesday. Velana International Airport is the second airport in the Asia Pacific Region to receive ACI Airport Health Accreditation. 

The certificate was awarded through a special letter sent by ACI World’s Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira to MACL’s CEO and MD Gordon Stewart on Monday.

MACL stated that the certification was received by completing a tight assessment by ACI in alignment with the guidelines for health measures established by ICAO, CART, EASA, and ACI recovery guidance, including ACI EUROPE’s Guidelines for a Healthy Passenger Experience at Airports.

Mr. Gordon Stewart, Managing Director of MACL said, “This achievement proves that health and safety measures we are practicing at VIA are in alignment with international best practices ensuring health and safety of our passengers, employees, and other airport stakeholders. Safety is our utmost priority and we never compromise on any of our set standards. To have successfully passed the strict audit by ACI demonstrates that our airport is a safe place to visit. This achievement will no doubt build our passenger confidence and also this would be a boost to destination Maldives,”

He concluded crediting the achievement to the consistent efforts of the team at MACL and stakeholders and thanked all those who were involved in helping achieve the accreditation.


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