An Asian Airport Tops Globally for the First Time Since November 2020 

MARCH 22, 2021: As the aviation industry braces itself for the years of recovery to achieve the pre-pandemic levels, there exists an immediate opportunity to develop a sustainable model and shape the future of aviation. Airports continue to evolve and invest in infrastructure, to ensure the well-being of their frontline and operational staff and towards passenger experience. Amid these changes, we are realizing transformational projects, including and not limited to contactless airport passenger experiences and the use of cameras and sensors to streamline crowd management across terminals.

Safe Travel Barometer is a travel technology company operating at the intersection of travel and health. Its API-based content feed includes COVID-19 health & safety initiatives of 2,000+ suppliers across 10 travel industry verticals, and traveler arrival requirements for 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.

As per the February 2021 assessment, China’s Beijing Capital International Airport led the global airport leaderboard with a Safe Travel Score of 4.4 out of 5. UAE’s Dubai International Airport moved a step down the leaderboard and earned the second position with a rounded Safe Travel Score of 4.4. This is the first time since November 2020 that an Asian airport surpassed Middle Eastern airports to achieve pole position on the global airport leaderboard. Other airports that also earned top spots on the global leaderboard were Doha’s Hamad International Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and Abu Dhabi International Airport all in line with a rating of 4.4. Among the 474 airports evaluated by Safe Travel Barometer in February 2021, 12% of airports achieved a rating of 4.0 or higher.

                                     Safe Travel Score, Worldwide Airports, February 2021

AirportsCountrySafe Travel Score*
(February 2021)
Beijing Capital International AirportChina4.4
Dubai International AirportU.A.E.4.4
Hamad International AirportQatar4.4
Amsterdam Airport SchipholThe Netherlands4.4
Abu Dhabi International AirportU.A.E.4.4
Istanbul AirportTurkey4.3
Paris Charles de Gaulle AirportFrance4.3
Philadelphia International AirportU.S.A.4.3
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportU.S.A.4.3
Boston-Logan International AirportU.S.A.4.3

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Virendra Jain, Co-Founder and CEO, Safe Travel Barometer says, “Airports are gearing up for summer holiday demand worldwide. The coming months are going to be critical not only for travelers counting down to the much-needed escape but also for airport authorities to ensure that protocols and communications are in place to assure a safe passage to millions of travelers. Moreover, with health passports emerging as a consideration the world over, there will be further investments in airport infrastructure, staff, and security training to streamline passenger experience through 2021.”


  • *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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