Singapore Changi rated the safest across 200+ airports evaluated by Safe Travel Barometer
Safe Travel Barometer, the world’s most comprehensive database for COVID-19 traveler health and safety protocols, has released the Safe Travel Score for airports worldwide. This follows the announcement of the ‘safest airlines’ from last month. The Safe Travel Score is an industry-first rating initiative, based on an independent audit of more than 200 airports and 20 traveler health and safety measures announced by airports. The Safe Travel Score is an indicator of the preparedness of the travel industry as part of the ‘new normal’.
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) emerged as the world’s ‘safest’ airport with Safe Travel Score of 4.7 out of 5. The airport has taken several proactive measures, including the implementation of touchless initiatives, to enhance the passenger experience across the landside and airside areas. These include sensor-based check-in kiosks and biometric-based immigration systems to eliminate fingerprint scanning.
Close at the heels of Changi airport is Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), each tied at a Safe Travel Score of 4.6 out of 5. UAE’s Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and Dubai International Airport (DXB) are tied at 4.5 each.
Airports which made it to the global top 10 achieved a Safe Travel Score of more than 4.3 out of 5, an indicator of various initiatives rolled out and ad-hoc investments, capital expenditure made to ensure passenger safety and comfort. Other airports which made it to the global top 10 include: Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport (BLR), Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and London Heathrow (LHR). Not a single airport from North America made it to the global top 10 list, primarily due to the relatively slow pace of implementation.
Virendra Jain, Co-Founder and CEO, Safe Travel, states, “Airports play a critical role in easing the passengers into the new normal. They are the first line of defense in ensuring a safe and less anxious travel. Overnight, hundreds of airports worldwide had to upend their operational processes; research, evaluate and implement a variety of initiatives to ensure traveler and crew safety and comfort, while also minimizing the chances of COVID-19 transmission.”
Jain adds, “The successive release of the Safe Travel Score for airlines and airports allows us to piece together a holistic view of air travel, beginning from the airside all the way through on-board experiences. Our independent rating centered on traveler health and safety measures establishes a baseline for travel brands, while equally offering travelers a glimpse into what they can expect in their journeys.”
Top 10 Worldwide Airports for COVID-19 Traveler Safety Measures, September 2020
Safe Travel Score*
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
Heathrow Airport (LHR)
* Safe Travel Score is based on an independent audit of more than 20 parameters applicable to an in-airport experience across airside and landside. It includes COVID-19 related hygiene and safety measures announced by airports for travelers, airline crew and related on-ground staff.
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Safe Travel Barometer is the world’s most comprehensive database of traveler health and safety measures announced by travel brands. The coverage includes more than 1,500 companies across 10 industry categories, 50 parameters, and traveler arrival information on more than 80 destinations.
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