ACI updates airport recovery guidance

Advice regarding digital health passes and vaccinations has also been expanded to aid the return of regular operations  

Airports Council International (ACI) World has published an updated version of its guidance for airports to aid their recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The third edition of the publication has been retitled to ‘Airport Operations and Covid-19: Business Recovery’. 

Guidance on efficient health and operational measures have been updated, as well as the information regarding travel passes, vaccinations and risk management with a focus on human factors.  

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“Airports have shown considerable resilience and ingenuity in developing procedures to help passengers feel safe and secure, and ACI has promoted the interests of airports in the global community, which goes well beyond aviation,” said Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World director general. “The ACI Airport Health Accreditation Programme is a clear example of our shared commitment to prioritised health, safety, and the customer experience, on the path to recovery. 

“The updated guidance will help airports to seize the moment. It covers all aspects of airport management and operation to help airport operators choose and implement measures that might be appropriate according to local circumstances.” 

ACI has predicted that business recovery will take place in phases, with the current stage being focussed mainly on domestic travel with a slow increase in passenger volume.  

The next step is expected to be a gradual scale-up in capacity and demand, followed by the return of regular traveller numbers.  

Technology company, Honeywell, has sponsored the publication and has contributed new chapters on modernisation solutions to help improve airport operations.