Airports Council International (ACI) World has today congratulated Changi Airport in Singapore for being the first in the Asia-Pacific region to successfully complete the Airport Health Measures Audit Program.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dramatically affect passenger traffic at airports around the world but, as the industry begins the long road to recovery, a commitment to the health and welfare of travellers, staff and the public is key.

The Airport Health Measures Audit Program – developed in partnership with Bureau Veritas – supports airports by addressing their specific risks and reassuring passengers through an on-site audit of their health measures.

By successfully completing the audit, Changi Airport has demonstrated compliance with a harmonized set of measures, aligned with the recommendations of national and international authorities, and can now display the associated SafeGuardTM label.

Changi also successfully renewed its accreditation under ACI World’s Airport Health Accreditation Program, demonstrating that the health measures in place at the airport are aligned with industry best practices.

“By being the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region to successfully complete the Airport Health Measures Audit Program, Changi Airport has shown they are committed to ensuring the health and safety of passengers, staff and the general public,” ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said. “This sets an example for the industry, showing how we can work together to support recovery and bring back the sustainable social and economic benefits of aviation we deliver to the communities we serve.

“Partnerships, like the one we have forged with Bureau Veritas, has benefitted Changi Airport and will support the wider aviation industry and help to push it forward during the recovery process and beyond.”

The SafeGuardTM label addresses specific risks to all places where people live and work, providing a continuous reference to travelers along their journey. It means that teams have been effectively trained on hygiene best practices and assures that protective measures are properly set up and implemented in a transparent way.

For this partnership with ACI, Bureau Veritas has developed a dedicated checklist to cover all the processes of an airport, from management to operations which is deployed through an on-site audit. Health, safety and air transport experts all contributed to the creation of this airport-specific checklist.

Airports that successfully complete the process will be able to display the SafeGuardTM label to communicate this achievement to passengers, staff and the public on this dedicated website.