Sharjah airport gains International health accreditation; First in UAE

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Sharjah Airport has received international recognition by procuring the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) certificate from the Airports Council International (ACI), becoming the first airport in the UAE and the seventh in the Middle East to gain it.

The certification recognizes the efforts taken by the Sharjah Airport to become an international hub that provides a safe experience for its travelers in the wake of the COVID-19. The AHA certificate was awarded after closely observing the health and safety measures in place, including the cleaning and disinfection of facilities, social distancing measures and security inspections followed by the airport authority.

AHA mainly focuses on the commitment to the health and well-being of passengers, customers and employees. The program looks out on the quality of airport health procedures followed due to COVID-19 like cleaning and sterilization practices and the promotion of social distancing. 

His Excellency Ali Salem Al Midfa
His Excellency Ali Salem Al Midfa Chairman
Sharjah Airport Authority

“Obtaining this accreditation from the ACI is a reflection of the relentless efforts being made by Sharjah Airport to maintain public health and safety.  Since the start of these exceptional circumstances, Sharjah Airport has developed an integrated plan in cooperation with partners from the operating authorities, to ensure that we are adhering to the highest standards. We thank and applaud the aviation sector and international bodies, including the ACI, for laying out these guidelines and measures with the aim to protect all members of society.”

Commenting on the certification the Director-General of ACI for the Asia-Pacific region, Stefano Baronci, stated that “Sharjah airport’s obtaining this international accreditation is further evidence that the airport’s team has succeeded in implementing health standards and measures that ensure safe travel through the airport. This accreditation also confirms that Sharjah Airport is making all efforts to preserve the health and safety of travelers, customers and employees, in various facilities and departments.”

Sharjah Airport has taken several preventive measures to control the spread of coronavirus. The airport has strengthened sterilization operations, including within the departures and arrivals halls and public facilities, in addition to sterilizing floors, barriers, walls, check-in counters, passenger bridges, waiting for chairs, passport counters, security inspection devices, conveyor belts, luggage trolleys and toilets.