KLIA and Kuching International Airport receive global health accreditation

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 9): The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuching International Airport have achieved Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) by the Airports Council International (ACI).

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) group chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said the accreditation is a testament to the airport operator’s continuous commitment to ensuring the highest safety level at its airports.

“Among the upcoming new features at KLIA this year, for instance, is the implementation of the single-token initiative that leverages facial recognition technology for a contactless passenger journey.

“This is our contribution towards restoring air travel confidence and further accelerating its recovery,” he said in a statement today.

The safety measures at both airports are benchmarked against global standards in accordance with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force recommendations, along with industry-best practices.

MAHB’s Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport received the same accreditation earlier this year, while four more airports in Malaysia are being assessed for the accreditation.

The four airports are the Penang International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Langkawi International Airport and Subang Airport.

ACI Asia-Pacific director-general Stefano Baronci said the accreditation will serve as a reassuring reminder to passengers that internationally recognised safety measures are in place.

“Malaysia Airports’ approach for its network of airports to extensively leverage technology, robots and e-commerce will stand them in good stead as travel recovers and resumes,” he added.

The AHA programme zeroes in on health measures and procedures practiced by the airports. By being accredited, the airports are able to demonstrate their safety practices in a measurable and established manner.

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