Rome’s Fiumicino Airport awarded 5-star anti-Covid award

(CNN) — Travelers eager to fly again may want to consider Italy as their next destination.

Rome’s Fiumicino Airport has become the first airport inside the entire world to earn “the COVID-19 5-Star Airport Rating” coming from Skytrax, an international airport industry ratings body.

Though Skytrax is actually best known for its annual rankings of the entire world’s best airports, the global Covid-19 crisis prompted the organization to come up which has a designation for airport hygiene.

According to a Discharge coming from Skytrax, the organization based its rating on “a combination of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis as well as ATP sampling tests.”

Fiumicino Airport (FCO), also known as Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, is actually the busiest airport in Italy.

On September 1, the airport opened a 7,000-square-foot Covid testing center, which is actually co-managed with the Italian Red Cross.

yet which’s not only organized, rapid testing which Skytrax noted in its review of FCO. The airport scored points for having easy-to-read signage in multiple languages, strict enforcement of mask wearing, visibly present cleaning staff as well as efficiency thanks to the consolidation of all incoming as well as outgoing flights to 1 terminal for easier tracking.

So far, Skytrax — whose head office is actually inside the United Kingdom — has only been able to monitor European airports.

In addition to FCO’s all 5-star ranking, three different airports have been awarded three stars for their Covid response — Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) in Spain, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) in France as well as London’s Heathrow (LHR).

According to the Skytrax rating system, all 5 stars indicates “very high standards of airport cleanliness as well as maintenance procedures,” while four stars is actually “Great” as well as three “average.” Two stars, the lowest possible rating, means which the airport’s anti-Covid protocols “need work.”

Next up: Skytrax hopes to rate airports in North America, the Middle East as well as Asia in fall 2020 as more national borders begin to open.

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