Fiumicino International Airport and Ciampino Airport have become the first airports in the world to receive the voluntary Biosafety Trust certification.
There has been major international recognition for Rome–Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) and Rome Ciampino Giovan Battista Pastine Airport (CIA) in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and preventing biological risk from pathogens.
The two Rome airports – managed by Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) – are the first airports in the world to obtain the Biosafety Trust certification, which is issued by the certification body, RINA SERVICES, in relation to the correct application of the system for preventing infection from biological agents.
This recognition demonstrates how the protocols adopted at the two airports are at the forefront in the procedures for containing the spread of coronavirus and are an example of best practices to be used as a benchmark to minimise the risks of spreading infectious viruses.
CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, Marco Troncone, said: “We are very satisfied with this result, because it once again demonstrates the levels of excellence reached by Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, even in an essential sector such as health and safety. It is a certification that recognises the company’s effort, which during the crisis, in addition to the protocols required by the government, has adopted further measures to guarantee the utmost breadth and depth of the prevention interventions and to enable the capital’s airports to continue to operate in conditions of utmost safety.”
The certification was obtained following a careful investigation by RINA, which examined the detailed management system for preventing and controlling infections, which was implemented by Aeroporti di Roma in order to contain the spread of all possible pathogens that could be transmitted within the airport, from the least dangerous viruses to the most harmful – such as Ebola, Anthrax and Sars-Cov2 (COVID-19).
The RINA inspectors initially acquired all relevant documentation on the operating procedures and protocols at FCO and CIA. They then checked compliance with the international reference standards on which this innovative certification scheme is based (ISO 31000 – risk management and ISO 22301 – business continuity). Lastly, they verified, through on-site inspections, the correct application of all procedures.
Paolo Moretti, CEO of RINA SERVICES, said: “Allowing the resumption of safe air transport is essential for our country’s revival. We strongly believe that giving passengers and operators a tangible sign of the commitment and attention dedicated to minimising health risks is essential in order to regain their trust. By addressing the approach that enabled ADR to receive the voluntary Biosafety Trust certification, the company has made a gesture of responsibility.”