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A Saudi airport gets ACI health accreditation for safe travel

Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah has obtained the Health Accreditation Certificate for Safe Travel granted by the Airports Council International (ACI) under the Airport Health Accreditation Program (AHA).

The accreditation of Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah came after an evaluation of the health measures that were introduced and applied to the operations of Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport.

Also it was for their compliance with the recommendations of the International Airports Council to restart international air transport and recover in the wake of the Corona Covid-19 pandemic , and recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Board of Aviation Restarting (CART) and best practices in the field to provide a safe airport experience for all travelers.

The evaluation process included health and safety measures taken by the airport for travelers and employees in all airport facilities, with a focus on access areas for halls and parking lots, check-in areas, security checks, escalators and elevators,

it  focused also on areas and facilities for passport counters, boarding gates, passenger boarding bridges, duty-free shopping, food and beverages, baggage claim areas and arrivals exit,

The evaluation also took into account the initiatives taken by the airport for the sake of the health and safety of airport workers and entities.

The airport’s obtaining this important accreditation comes from the result of high coordination between the competent authorities and the airport’s operating authorities since the beginning of the Corona Covid-19 pandemic

that was  to give priority to health and safety in the daily airport operations, and to reinforce the ongoing commitment to the health and safety of travelers, airport employees and society.

the international recognition of the efficiency of all precautionary measures that have been taken Its implementation at Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, in addition to distinguished teamwork among all the parties operating at the airport is something to be proud of.

We will never forget that it was under the constant supervision and support of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, and the competent authorities, to provide a safe airport experience for all travelers.

On the other hand the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, took several preventive measures to stop the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at airports throughout the Kingdom.

These measures included allocating a medical team at the arrival ports throughout the Kingdom’s airports to examine all arriving passengers (through direct and indirect flights) from regions and countries where the Coronavirus is prevalent.

Health precautions were implemented with suspected cases, in addition to sterilization and continuous disinfection of all facilities, tools, as well as aircrafts. Moreover, a health awareness campaign for all all the traveling public was implemented.

GACA has issued several circulars to all air carriers operating in the Kingdom to implement binding preventive measures on all air carriers arriving to the Kingdom from countries where the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) is posing a threat.

GACA also took several steps to prevent the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, where it implemented many preventive measures for passengers arriving from countries where the new Coronavirus is posing a threat.

It is worth noting, that after all the passengers disembark from any given aircraft, the plane is sterilized and disinfected, and when a case is suspected between the passengers, a safe route to transfer of the case is then activated.

The Saudi Aviation Authority ensured that all the requirements are present in the procedures and equipment, that include personal protection methods, workers trained to assess and deal with suspected cases, whether the suspicion is on the terminals, or on any other transportation mode.

 This in addition to the existing coordination for the transfer of suspected cases to appropriate health facilities for evaluation, diagnosis and the provision of treatment at the port in dealing with the suspected cases of the new coronavirus.

Furthermore, with regard to the precautionary measures taken by the national carriers and ground services companies in preventing the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), in compliance with the instructions of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Saudi Arabian Airlines has coordinated with external sources in detecting symptoms of fever or any signs of illness displayed by travelers before boarding its flights.

This is applied in all stations listed on the risk list for infection with the Coronavirus. Suspected cases will not be allowed to board the plane. Furthermore, medical masks were provided to protect the airliner staff, air crew, and passengers, at all stations listed where there is a present risk from the virus.

 Moreover, Saudi Arabian Airlines removed all aircraft arriving from stations where there is a risk of infection with the Coronavirus upon arrival for deep cleansing and disinfecting.

This in addition to training the crew (Saudi Arabian Airlines) on how to deal with suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) during the flight by using decontamination tools and isolation procedures and submitting reports to the Saudi Ministry of Health to obtain assistance upon the arrival of the aircraft.

 SAUDIA has modified its services procedures on the aircraft, to include the usage of gloves and masks, by its crew on route where there is a danger of the Coronavirus. Saudi Arabia Airlines will also provide medical masks, cleansing kits, and anti-bacterial wipes for passengers and crew on board the flights.