Airport Council International (ACI) has reviewed Budapest Airport’s epidemiological measures, and officially declared Ferenc Liszt International Airport as accredited in the program established by the council, aimed at restarting aviation. This means that the airport operator continuously safeguards the health of those at the airport, based on international guidelines, facilitating the earliest possible recovery in aviation.
The Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines launched by ACI and the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force Recommendations were created to assist the practical application of epidemiological protocols amongst airports, facilitating the earliest possible restarting of aviation and enabling companies who join to help make practices more efficient, by providing experience-based feedback.
The accreditation attests that, together with Hungarian and international authorities, Budapest Airport ensures compliance with international recommendations, in line with protocols, thus minimizing the risk of infection. Budapest Airport introduced all possible measures to safeguard the health of passengers and staff at the airport already upon the appearance of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.
The operator continuously maintains disinfectant cleaning at the airport, placed floor stickers, as well as prohibitive stickers on every second seat in the transit area, in the interest of social distancing.
The wearing of face masks is mandatory for staff, and Budapest Airport has installed Plexiglas screens between passengers and staff, wherever this was feasible.
The ventilation system in the terminals is regularly disinfected, to ensure an appropriate air supply. Budapest Airport has placed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building, and provides an opportunity for passengers to check themselves and their baggage in using machines, without human interaction. A coronavirus test center available to anyone opened on the arrivals level of Terminal 2B in December. The service is especially useful for arriving, but even departing passengers.
The testing station offers both PCR and rapid antigen tests.
Hungary’s largest airport received 16.2 million passengers in 2019. That number is expected to be around 4 million in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the airport said earlier.