Rome airport world’s first to receive 5 stars in COVID-19 rating

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Rome Fiumicino airport earned the highest possible score as a result of its hygiene processes and other preventative measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus

While the travel industry is having a rough time, safety and health are peaking. In an audit of airports done by Skytrax, Rome Fiumicino airport has been awarded the highest score of five stars in its efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Also known as Leonardo Da Vinci International airport, it is the first airport in the world to receive the top score based on the hygiene processes and preventative measures in place.

FCO airport was praised for its multilingual COVID-19 signage and social distancing markings, temperature checks, the enforcement of face masks, the availability of hand sanitizer, enhanced terminal airflow and filtering, and visibly present cleaning staff.

“In the core areas of hand hygiene and social distancing the airport has robust procedures in place, and importantly, this is being reinforced by a high level of attention to terminal sanitization at high-contact points,” said Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted.

Recently, the airport has opened a 650-square-meter COVID-19 testing facility.

According to reports, the busiest airport in Italy is seeing about 30 percent of its usual passenger traffic these days.

Three other airports have been awarded three stars

Rome Fiumicino airport was praised for its multilingual COVID-19 signage and social distancing markingsRome Fiumicino airport was praised for its multilingual COVID-19 signage and social distancing markings — rarrarorro / Shutterstock

The UK-based airline and airport ranking agency Skytrax has so far been focusing only on European airports. Since the launch of the audits in August, three other airports have been awarded three-star ratings — Málaga-Costa del Sol airport in Spain, Nice Côte d’Azur airport in France, and London Heathrow in the UK.

Skytrax gives out from two to five stars while the top five-star rating recognizes very high standards of airport cleanliness and maintenance procedures, delivered at a 75% pass rate during the tests. 

A four-star rating delivers good standards of cleanliness and maintenance in at least 60% of the tests; a three-star rating indicates average standards of 50% or higher, and a two-star rating means an airport fails at over 50% of the tests signifying the need to improve the adequacy and/or consistency of measures.

“In line with all our rating procedures, we physically visit and inspect airports to determine how effectively their COVID-19 procedures are being provided. 

“To offer a proper level of assurance of health and safety standards to airport customers and staff, we believe this process is essential because we are well aware that the theory and planning behind such issues is often not delivered consistently in the required front-line positions,” added Edward Plaisted.

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