Lufthansa rated the best among European airlines evaluated by Safe Travel Barometer
Safe Travel Barometer, the world’s most comprehensive database for COVID-19 traveler health and safety protocols, today released Safe Travel Score for airlines worldwide, including for the European region. The Safe Travel Score is an industry-first rating initiative, based on an independent audit of more than 150 airlines and 20 traveler health and safety measures announced, as part of airlines renewed pre-boarding, boarding and onboard experiences.
Germany’s Lufthansa is rated as the leading airline in Europe and the world with a Safe Travel Score of 4.5 out of 5, having implemented numerous pro-traveler health and safety initiatives. These include utmost transparency in communication of safety measures with travelers, including mandatory face masks for travelers, frequent cleaning of aircraft before/after every flight and most importantly, blocking middle seats in a bold statement to ease traveler anxiety. More recently, Lufthansa also announced rollout of COVID-19 tests of arriving passengers at Munich and Frankfurt airports.
France’s Air Caraibes achieved a Safe Travel Score of 4.0, whereas Sun Express followed next at 3.9. IAG portfolio airlines’ Iberia and Vueling were achieved a score of 3.6 and 3.5, respectively, and British Airways with a score of 2.2 did not even make it to the top 10 Europe list.
“Europe was one of the first major regions to reopen air travel and implement travel bubbles. Its regional air market is a complex puzzle, with airlines from different countries having varied traveler safety protocols enacted,” says Virendra Jain, Co-Founder and CEO, Safe Travel. “The efforts that the airlines are putting in place to gear up for the new normal is evident and evolving before us.”
Jain adds, “The fundamental premise of Safe Travel Score is to benchmark travel brands’ initiatives to reduce traveler anxiety. 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 European Airlines for COVID-19 Traveler Safety Measures, August 2020
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