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Soekarno-Hatta Airport is considered to be one of the safest airports from COVID-19

16 Sep 2020

PT Angkasa Pura II and stakeholders apply 12 steps for the health and safety aspects of the traveler

Jakarta - Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has been named as one of the airports in the world with the highest rating in implementing health and security protocols in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Even in Indonesia, Soekarno-Hatta's rating is the highest compared to other airports.

This is based on the evaluation of the global Safe Travel Barometer which gives Soekarno-Hatta a Safe Travel Score rating of up to 4.09. The highest rating in this assessment is 5, in which there is no airport in the world that has managed to get this score.

Safe Travel Barometer itself has the largest and most comprehensive database in the world regarding health and safety protocols related to COVID-19.

President Director of PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) Muhammad Awaluddin said Soekarno-Hatta's highest rating in implementing the protocol for preventing the spread of COVID-19 was in line with the commitment and cooperation of all stakeholders.

"The goal of PT Angkasa Pura II and all stakeholders such as the Airport Authority, the Port Health Office of the Ministry of Health, airlines, TNI / Polri, Quarantine Centers, Immigration Offices, Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19 and others is that Soekarno-Hatta Airport can continue to operate as a gateway. the main country and continue to maintain connectivity in the country even though we are currently facing tough challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. "

"Commitment to strict protocol implementation supported by various technology-based innovations is one of the keys for us so that Soekarno-Hatta can always prioritize health and safety aspects in the midst of a pandemic," explained Muhammad Awaluddin.

The Safe Travel Barometer released a Safe Travel Score for the airport category, based on independent audits of more than 200 airports in the world including the airport's efforts to implement measures to maintain traveler's health and safety.

Safe Travel Score, among others, assesses the implementation of touchless processing (eliminating facilities / processes that require a touch of the hand); checking body temperature; regulations on the obligation to wear masks; hand sanitizer; there is an obligation for a health certificate; mandatory testing for COVID-19; the application for contact tracing; stipulated minimum time for check-in; disinfection is carried out in toilets, escalators, elevators, boarding gates; and the use of a face shield for airport staff.

12 steps at Soekarno-Hatta Airport
Muhammad Awaluddin said a number of steps that Soekarno-Hatta had taken together with stakeholders to minimize the potential for the spread of COVID-19, including:

1. Check body temperature with a thermal scanner, thermal gun, and smart helmet
2. Equip personnel with PPE such as masks, gloves and face shields
3. Provide plenty of hand sanitizers and a sink for washing hands
4. Require the use of masks
5. Formulate procedures for handling aircraft suspected of carrying exposed passengers
6. Formulate procedures for handling airport visitors suspected of being exposed
7. Increase touchless facilities such as in elevators and passenger checks at security check points
8. Provide sterilization facilities using UV Sterilizer for passenger baggage
9. Perform regular disinfection in every area of ​​the aircraft passenger terminal
10. Providing rapid test facilities at the aircraft passenger terminal and airport area
11 .. Require travelers to fill out a health alert card (Healt Alert Card / HAC)
12. Checking the results of the rapid test or PCR test

Co-Founder and CEO of Safe Travel Barometer Virendra Jain said airports have an important role in making passengers adaptable in the new normal.

"They [the airport] are the front line of defense to ensure safety and reduce worries en route."

Airports, continued Virendra Jain, must implement various initiatives to ensure the safety and comfort of travelers and flight crews, while also minimizing the potential for the spread of COVID-19.