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Velana International Airport receives Airport Health Accreditation Certificate from Airports Council International

Velana International Airport: September 1, 2020 - After consistent measures in our fight against COVID-19, we are happy to announce that Velana International Airport (VIA) has received the much awaited “Airport Health Accreditation” by Airports Council International (ACI)

Velana International Airport is the 2nd airport in the Asia Pacific Region to receive the ACI Airport Health Accreditation. The certification was awarded by a special letter sent to our CEO&MD Mr. Gordon Stewart by ACI World’s Director General Mr. Luis Felipe de Oliveira on 31st August 2020.

“I wish to extend my congratulations to you and the team at Maldives Airports Company Ltd accreditation in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation
programme.” Says ACI World’s Director General Mr. Luis Felipe de Oliveira.

VIA achieved the certification by completing a tight assessment by ACI in alignment with the guidelines for health measures established by ICAO, CART, EASA, and ACI recovery guidance, including ACI EUROPE’s Guidelines for a Healthy Passenger Experience at Airports.

ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force recommendations. Areas of assessment for accreditation include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.

Commenting on the success of “Airport Health Accreditation” program, CEO&MD Mr. Stewart said, “This achievement proves that health and safety measures we are practicing at VIA are in alignment with international best practices ensuring health and safety of our passengers, employees and other airport stakeholders. Safety is our utmost priority and we never compromise on any of our set standards. To have successfully passed the strict audit by ACI demonstrates that our airport is a safe place to visit. This achievement will no doubt build our passenger confidence and also this would be a boost to Destination Maldives. This is the result of consistent efforts by our Team and stakeholders and I thank each and every one who were involved."