Cheddi Jagan Airport Obtains International Health Accreditation

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Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Thursday obtained Airport Health Accreditation from the Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC).

Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill said, this accreditation is testimony of the airport’s ongoing commitment in prioritizing health and safety measures for all travelers as well as employees, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “As we continue to battle against the Coronavirus, it is important that we restore confidence by assuring all, including the travelling public, that their health and safety remains our no.1 priority.”

He also expressed gratitude to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Health and all other stakeholders for their contributions towards this effort.

Director General of ACI World, Luis Felipe de Oliveira said, after reviewing the health and safety measures, in place, at CJIA, ACI/AHA is confident that these efforts will succeed in achieving this common goal.

He said, “Your airport has shown that it is providing a safe airport experience for all travelers which is in line with the recommended health measures, established internationally.”

The Airport Health Accreditation programme was launched in July, 2020 by the Airports Council International (ACI) to assist airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The accreditation programme provides airports with an assessment of how aligned their health measures are with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Council Aviation Restart Task Force recommendations along with industry best practices and the World Health Organization.

ACI Airport Health Accreditation enables airports to demonstrate to passengers, staff, regulators, and governments that they are prioritizing health and safety in a measurable, established manner. It also enables airports to validate their own measures throughout their facilities and processes.

Passengers using CJIA facilities will now have a measure of assurance that the airport is in harmony with ICAO’s global guidance and industry implementation.

On the airport’s part, it is a recognition of professional excellence in maintaining safe hygienic facilities.

Two weeks ago, Jamaica’s Montego Bay Airport became the first airport in the Caribbean to receive the accreditation.

Accreditation is voluntary with a request to join the programme initiated by the airport.

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