Lufthansa rated the best among 150+ airlines evaluated worldwide 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 (see table). 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 world’s leading airline 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.
India’s Vistara and U.S.-based Delta are tied at the second spot with a Safe Travel Score of 4.4 out of 5. Airlines which made it to the top 10 achieved a Safe Travel Score of more than 4 out of 5.
The entry of U.S.-based airlines in the top-10 is the most encouraging. Safe Travel Barometer first highlighted the dismal performance of the U.S. carriers in June 2020, when majority of them did not have much (or any) traveler safety protocols in place. The introduction of these measures ever since to coerce travelers back in the air enabled 4 U.S. carriers – Delta (4.4), Allegiant (4.4), Hawaiian (4.2) and Alaska (4.1) – to push ahead of other airlines globally and make it to the top-10 list.
“The fundamental premise of Safe Travel Score is to benchmark travel brands’ initiatives to reduce traveler anxiety,” says Virendra Jain, Co-Founder and CEO, Safe Travel. “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 Airlines for COVID-19 Traveler Safety Measures, August 2020
Safe Travel Score*
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM)
Sydney Airport (SYD)
Melbourne Airport (MEL)
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
* 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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