Middle Eastern Airports Back in the Lead on the Global Leaderboard in May 2021 

JUNE 11, 2021: Airports have been at the forefront of creating a more seamless air traveler journey. If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated progress towards a more automated and self-service in-airport passenger experience. Thus, to encourage traveling in the era of the pandemic will require airports to provide a seamless experience be coupled with higher safety needs. Also simultaneously ensure a smooth flow of passengers to prevent overcrowding, conducting checks and maintaining hygiene in the process.

Safe Travel Barometer is a travel technology company operating at the intersection of travel and health security. Its API-based content feed includes COVID-19 health & safety initiatives of over 2,000 suppliers across 10 travel industry verticals, and traveler arrival requirements for more than 150 countries. Specifically, Safe Travel Barometer tracks 34 initiatives across 474 airports. These initiatives are assigned to three sub-categories – COVID-19 Safety Protocols, Traveler Convenience, and Service Excellence.

Among the 474 airports evaluated by Safe Travel Barometer in May 2021, 16% of airports achieved a rating of 4.0 or higher. U.A.E-based Abu Dhabi International Airport led the global airport leaderboard with a Safe Travel Score of 4.6 out of 5.0. The airport’s lead is reflective of its initiatives associated with two sub-categories – COVID-19 Safety Protocols (93%) and Service Excellence (94%) – which contribute to its high Safe Travel Score. Doha’s Hamad International Airport has secured the second highest position on the leaderboard with a Safe Travel Score of 4.4. Other airports that earned top spots on the global leaderboard were Dubai International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, Istanbul Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, all in line with a rating of 4.4.

Safe Travel Score, Worldwide Airports, May 2021

AirportsCountrySafe Travel Score*
(May 2021)
Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)U.A.E.4.6
Hamad International Airport (DOH)Qatar4.4
Dubai International Airport (DXB)U.A.E.4.4
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)China4.4
Istanbul Airport (IST)Turkey4.4
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)France4.4
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)U.S.4.4
Heathrow Airport (LHR)U.K.4.3
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)Netherlands4.3
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)Canada4.3

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  • *Safe Travel Score is based on an independent audit of more than 34 initiatives applicable to an in-airport experience across airside and landside
  • Safe Travel Score takes into consideration various initiatives announced by suppliers. These are sub-categorized into the following:
    • COVID-19 Safety Protocols
    • Traveler Convenience
    • Service Excellence
  • Low ratings may not always be reflective of poor initiatives, but also the lack of clear or available information on supplier websites, related official channels.
  • Safe Travel Score should not be associated with the relative physical or psychological safety of the traveler.

 About Safe Travel Barometer:

Safe Travel Barometer is a travel technology solution, developed by Safe Travel Technologies. It is the world’s most comprehensive solution of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and traveler experience initiatives announced by suppliers which influences traveler decisions in the new normal. The coverage includes more than 2,000 companies across 10 industry categories, 100 parameters, and traveler arrival information on more than 150 destinations.

Safe Travel Technologies is an independent subsidiary of VIDEC, a travel industry advisory and consulting firm.

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Mariko Amekodommo

Head – Marketing, Safe Travel Barometer

E-mail: mariko.amekodommo@safetravelbarometer.com

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