Fiumicino Airport Awarded World’s First Five-Star Anti-COVID Award

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Fiumicino Airport, also known as Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, is the busiest airport in Italy. It has become the first airport in the world to earn “the COVID-19 5-Star Airport Rating” from Skytrax, an international airport industry rating body. Skytrax is best known for its annual rankings of the world’s best airports. According to a release from Skytrax, the organization based its rating on “a combination of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis and ATP sampling tests”. The airport opened a 7,000-square-foot COVID testing center. It is co-managed with the Italian Red Cross. The airport scored points for having easy-to-read signage in multiple languages, strict enforcement of mask wearing, visibly present cleaning staff and efficiency. It has also consolidated all incoming and outgoing flights to a single terminal for easier tracking. Three other 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 and London’s Heathrow (LHR). Skytrax hopes to rate airports in North America, the Middle East and Asia in fall 2020 as more national borders begin to open.

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