MIAMI – Early Monday, Miami International Airport (MIA) announced it received accreditation under the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Health Program. In doing so, MIA becomes the second airport in the US and the first in the state of Florida to receive accreditation under this new initiative.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, airports are racing to unveil enhanced cleanliness measures in an attempt to ease traveler concerns. Airports that receive ACI Airport Health accreditation have successfully implemented best practices and proper hygiene measures, as directed by the program.
MIA Cleanliness Procedures
MIA, which processed nearly 46 million passengers in 2019, has been taking all the right steps in the fight against COVID-19. The airport consistently sanitizes high-touchpoint locations such as kiosks and was one of the first to install plexiglass shields at customer-facing counters. The airport has taken additional measures that include but not limited to:
- Requiring all passengers, visitors, and staff to wear approved facial coverings, in tandem with Dade County regulations
- Adding additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the airport
- Meeting or exceeding CDC guidelines on hand sanitizer station replenishment
- Reducing dining and retail locations to 50% capacity.
“From the onset of the pandemic, our highest priority at MIA has been to exceed industry best practices and implement every measure possible to protect the wellbeing of our customers and employees,” said MIA CEO Lester Sola.
ACI Accreditation Standards
The ACI assess airports in many different areas as part of their accreditation standards. These areas of assessment include:
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Physical distancing (where feasable)
- Staff Protection
- Phyical Layout
- Passenger Communications
- Passenger Facilities
As many airports have implemented similar procedures to MIA, enforcing new standards pose a difficult challenge. Mask guidelines are an issue for some passengers, and enforcing social distancing has proven tough. However, ACI accreditation takes promised procedures a step forward, proving an airport such as MIA can consistently implement best practices.
Featured Image: MIA International Airport. Photo: MIA