Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has got an accreditation certificate from the Airports Council International (ACI) for adopting health and safety measures in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic in line with the International Airport Health Accreditation program
The Airports Council International accreditation issued on 11 January 2021 has recognized BIA’s commitment to prioritizing health and safety measures in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) recommendations and in alignment with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines along with industry best practice.
Expressing views on the ACI Health Accreditation certificate received by BIA, D. V. Chanaka, State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development said, “We work in an important industry, aviation, which is bound to a number of international standards, rules, and regulations.”
“These standards and regulations have been laid down for continuous improvements keeping the airlines and the passengers at the nerve center of our business model. Therefore, we always pursue our efforts towards the enhancement of the passenger experience. At a time, we are challenged by the COVID-19 global pandemic, we strive hard on our efforts to offer our passengers ‘safe travel at maximum hygiene’ in the new normal world. As the civil airport operator, Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited – (AASL) has made all required arrangements at our airports to facilitate international flights and international tourists. These arrangements have been made according to the health guidelines of the Sri Lanka Health Authorities and in compliance with the international regulatory guidelines. In recognition of our continuous efforts during the past few months, the main gateway, Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has received the accreditation issued by the Airports Council International (ACI) Council following a thorough examination of the health and the safety measures adopted at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We have qualified to receive the accreditation for BIA for the first time and we are now working on the same procedure to obtain the ACI accreditation to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) too.”
Major General (Rtd) G. A. Chandrasiri, Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited (AASL) said “The certificate has been awarded by Airports Council International is really important for us to make sure that the aviation industry is a very resilient industry and we need to take measures to endure the impact of COVID-19 through implementing strict health and safety standards at our facilities and operations.”
ACI pursues airports interests in discussions with international organisations. The most important relationship is with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), where international standards for air transport are debated and developed. ACI defends airports positions and develops standards and recommended practices in the areas of safety, security and environment initiatives. It also advances and protects airport interests in important policy changes on airport charges and regulation, strengthening the hand of airports in dealing with airlines.