Fiumicino Airport

Italian Airport Named the World’s First Five-Star Anti-COVID Airport

Rome Fiumicino Airport is the first airport in the world to be Certified with the COVID-19 5-Star Airport Rating, by international air transport rating agency Skytrax. Famous for their annual ‘Best Airports’ rankings, the agency based its anti-Covid star rating on “a combination of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis and ATP sampling tests.”

Basically, it looks at everything airport is doing to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus. What makes this airport in Rome so good? Well, a lot of things according to the new report.

Fiumicino Airport (better known as Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport), is the busiest airport in Italy. On September 1st, the airport opened a 7,000-square-foot Covid testing center. The rapid testing center is co-managed with the Italian Red Cross. But it’s not just the testing that is impressive.

Fiumicino Airport in Rome is the World’s First Five-Star Anti-COVID Airport

The COVID-19 systems and procedures put in place across Rome Fiumicino Airport are meeting a rigorous standard, Skytrax says. CNN reports that the airport scores points for having easy-to-read signage in multiple languages and strict enforcement of mask wearing. There are also visibly present cleaning staff and efficiency thanks to the consolidation of all incoming and outgoing flights to a single terminal for easier tracking.

According to the Skytrax rating system, five stars means “very high standards of airport cleanliness and maintenance procedures,” while four stars is “good” and three “average.” Two stars, the lowest rating, indicates that the airport’s anti-Covid protocols “need work.”

Other official ratings include London Heathrow Airport (3-Star), Malaga Airport (3-Star) and Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (3-Star).

Skytrax plans to rate airports in North America, the Middle East and Asia later in 2020.

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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