Malaysian airports recognised globally for Covid-19 safety measures


Malaysian airports’ commitment to safety measures amid Covid-19 is now internationally recognised. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

Malaysian airports’ commitment to safety measures amid Covid-19 has been recognised internationally, with a recent validation by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

BSI has given airports in Malaysia the ISO45001:2018 certification which validated the efforts towards the safety of passenger and airport community.

Malaysia Airports group chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said the certification is an achievement for the country during this challenging pandemic period.

“It is very important for our airport operations safety measures to be validated as meeting the global standards.

“We are continuously improving facilities and service levels at the airports so validation through an extensive audit of our processes and systems is needed to ensure that we are on the right track to deliver on our promise of hosting joyful connections within a safe travelling environment, ” he said.

The ISO45001:2018 certification is outcome-oriented and ensures that effectiveness of airport operations safety measures is audited based on actual on-ground practices, on top of having full documentation for these SOPs.

Mohd Shukrie since the certification is outcome-oriented, this enables Malaysian airports to identify opportunities for improvements.

“As a result, passengers will have the added assurance that the effectiveness of airport safety measures have gone through the most rigorous analysis and observation, ” he said.

In another development, AirAsia was awarded the top seven stars for Covid-19 health ratings from the aviation safety experts at Airlineratings.com.

The carrier was judged on seven criteria: website information on Covid-19 procedures, the wearing of face masks, personal protection equipment for the crew, modified meal service, regular deep cleaning of aircraft, personal sanitiser kits and social distancing onboard.

These criteria were out by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on regional and international safety guidelines.

AirAsia recently announced Scan2Fly that can determine a passenger’s eligibility to fly before they arrive at the airport, including real time verification of relevant health documentation.

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