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DOHA: Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been re-certified by British Standards Institution (BSI) for its successful compliance with the safety and hygiene measures issued by the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Civil Aviation Recovery Taskforce (CART).

CART was developed to mitigate the health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic across the global aviation industry and provides practical and aligned guidance to industry stakeholders for the safe recovery of air travel.

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Against the backdrop of the pandemic, HIA has continued to lead the recovery of international travel by rebuilding passenger confidence through ceaselessly monitoring and implementing the latest health, safety, and security standards outlined by renowned industry institutions.

BSI’s re-certification attests the airport’s execution of these measures, which provides health, hygien, and safety assurance to passengers travelling through HIA.

The airport was the first global entity to receive the certification of the ICAO CART guidelines by BSI at the onset of the pandemic and has now successfully achieved its re-certification.

Ongoing safety measures

HIA’s ongoing safety measures for its staff and passengers include a vaccination drive for its staff to ensure their safety and well-being.

Innovative solutions are also being adopted across the terminal to provide a seamless and touchless journey for passengers.

These technological solutions are evident in the airport’s carry-on baggage screening, contactless elevators, and cashless payment options.

In addition, HIA and Qatar Airways, are part of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Travel Pass trial, a digital platform providing passenger’s confidence at every step of their journey.  

HIA COO Badr Mohammed Al Meer said: “It is encouraging to see that our commitment to follow the highest industry benchmark for delivering a safe and secure airport environment is being recognised. “

He added: “HIA’s compliance to the CART health and safety guidelines has contributed to our position as the preferred travel hub for global passengers during the pandemic, providing travellers comfort and security throughout their journey. Such industry protocols are vital for the safe restart of air travel.”

Theuns Kotze, Managing Director, Assurance IMETA at BSI said: “Covid-19 continues to challenge organisations, employees, and consumers. Through independent certification, HIA can assure and provide trust to workers, passengers, authorities and all stakeholders that industry protocols for public health are being followed.”

Additional measures

Additional safety and hygiene measures at HIA include the strategic installation of hand sanitisers throughout the terminal, regular sanitisation of all staff and passenger touchpoints, frequent disinfection of baggage trolleys and tubs, baggage UV disinfection tunnels and autonomous UV disinfectant robots.

Physical distancing is also maintained with the aid of floor stickers, queuing barriers, digital signage, acrylic barriers, distance seating, and recurring announcements reinforcing the importance of following safety protocols.

HIA, the gateway to Qatar and the world.

Designed to meet and exceed the expectations of global travellers, Hamad International Airport is a diverse lifestyle destination of its own. Housed in one expansive terminal, HIA integrates contemporary shopping and dining options, entertainment and relaxation facilities, and a world-class art collection from internationally acclaimed artists.

HIA has transformed the airport experience to ensure operational excellence while prioritising passenger and staff health, well-being, and security. Underpinned by advanced airport systems, HIA continues to optimise airport operations by introducing safety measures fuelled by smart solutions, strengthening passenger trust and confidence.

To reinforce its position as the preferred gateway for travel, HIA is currently undertaking an expansion project that will increase capacity and enhance its multi-dimensional offering. Delivering on its promise to be the ‘airport-of-the-future’, HIA’s expansion will feature a refreshing environment of lush greenery, as well as contemporary retail and dining concepts among other leisure attractions and facilities. As the Official Airport Partner for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, HIA is ready to create memorable experiences for football fans across the globe.

HIA has earned significant accolades, becoming the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to receive a 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating by Skytrax. HIA has also received numerous other recognitions from Skytrax including ‘Third Best Airport in the World’, ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’.

The airport’s commercial and operation functions are managed by MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Management and Operation, and a corporate subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group.