by Mohamed Attia
The Ministry of Civil Aviation is proving its ability to achieve international achievements despite the fact that the global air traffic has been paralysed by the outbreak of the coronavirus, which resulted in the sector incurring billions of dollars in losses.
he 9 Egyptian international airports, which are Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Burj Al Arab, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Sohag, Assiut and Marsa Alam during the past few weeks obtaining the ACI health accreditation certificate prove the efficiency of the Egyptian airports and their ability to deal with the pandemic that forced some international airports to close its door.
The certification of the nine airports came after a comprehensive evaluation by the Airports Council International (ACI) of the new precautionary measures that were applied to those airports during the coronavirus pandemic, to ensure the health and safety of all employees and travellers.
The Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) programme provides an assessment of the compatibility of airport health measures with ACI Aviation guidelines and recommendations of the ICAO Flight Recovery Task Force.
For his part, Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Manar expressed his thanks and appreciation to all airport employees who obtained certificates, headed by Engineer Mohamed Saeed Mahrous, Chairman of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation, and pilot Ahmed Mansour, Chairman of the Egyptian Airports Company, for their great efforts during the past period and for their dedication and loyalty in various work sites in a manner befitting the status of the Egyptian civil aviation sector.
The civil aviation minister emphasised that the Egyptian airports’ obtaining these certificates came to demonstrate their full commitment to applying the highest precautionary measures since the beginning of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the World Health Organisation.
He said that the certificates represent a great confidence and reassurance about the seriousness of the Egyptian airports’ commitment to applying international standards and health safety controls in a serious, firm and correct manner, which contributes to pushing the rate of growth of flights and tourist traffic coming to Egypt.
Eng. Mahrous added that all Egyptian airports apply all precautionary measures and international standards recommended by international organisations in order to protect travellers and workers that are among the priorities of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Mahrous also explained that the Egyptian airports’ passing many international certificates and accreditations in the fields of quality, safety and occupational health confirms the dedication and efforts of all workers in various work sites during dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.