Sharjah Airport becomes first in UAE to receive ACI Health Accreditation

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Sharjah Airport has obtained the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) certificate from the Airport Council International (ACI), becoming the first UAE recipient, and the seventh in the Middle East.

This certification recognises its achievements as an international hub, providing a safe experience for its travellers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The accreditation was awarded following a thorough evaluation of the health and safety measures in place, including the cleaning and disinfection of facilities, social distancing measures and security inspections.

His Excellency Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said "Obtaining this accreditation from the Airports Council International is a reflection of the relentless efforts being made by Sharjah Airport to maintain public health and safety. We are applying the highest level of health procedures and measures in accordance with the directives of ACI and His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council to address the COVID-19 pandemic.”

His Excellency added, "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 Airports Council International, for laying out these guidelines and measures with the aim to protect all members of society.”

Sharjah Airport has implemented many measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, as part of its integrated plan to strengthen preventive measures. 

It has intensified sterilisation operations, including within the departures and arrivals halls and public facilities, in addition to floors, barriers, walls, check-in counters, passenger bridges, waiting chairs, passport counters, security inspection devices, conveyor belts, luggage trolleys, and toilets.

Stefano Baronci, Director General of ACI Asia-Pacific, said, "I would like to congratulate Sharjah Airport for meeting the highest level of expectations of travellers and customers, and becoming the first airport in the United Arab Emirates to receive the Airport Health Accreditation certification from ACI."

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