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Thursday December 9th, 2021
Aviation

Sri Lanka’s Mattala Airport gets international health certificate

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport has been accredited by Airports Council International (ACI) Airport, an industry body on its compliance with health processes, the state airport agency said.

ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation assesses health measures and procedures introduced by International Civil Aviation Organization’s Aviation Recovery Task Force recommendations for a safe passenger experience at airports.

“Programs such as ACI health accreditation will boost passenger confidence and help reach pre-pandemic numbers in the near future and we are positive about this,” Shehan Sumanasekara, Director-Chief Operations (all airport) at Airport & Aviation Services (Srilanka) told ECONOMYNEXT.

“I must say, Sri Lanka airports are at the forefront in this aspect with Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport being accredited today.

“In 2019 as per IATA the industry saw 4.5 billion air travellers. When the pandemic hit in 2020 the numbers fell down to 1.8 billion air travellers globally. That’s a reduction of almost 75 per cent.

“With protocols in place and vaccination roll out the predicted number is at 2.4 billion air travellers globally for 2021.”

Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport received ACI accreditation on January 11.

So far out 17,600 commercial airports around the world, 600 airports have registered to obtain this certification from, the Airport and Aviation Services of Sri Lanka said. (Colombo/July12/2021)

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