Stansted Airport meets International Civil Aviation Organisation standards on Covid-19
Stansted has become one of the first airports in the UK to receive Covid-19 safety recognition from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The Uttlesford hub, preparing for the return of passengers from May 17 if the Government takes the next step in its coronavirus recovery roadmap, has met standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The assessment looks at compliance with guidance on general hygiene, cleaning, masks and face coverings, health screening and declarations, the mental health and wellbeing of employees and passengers, as well as specific steps for passengers with reduced mobility.
Assisted by the CAA and Public Health England, Stansted is the first UK airport to receive official assurance recognition outside of three participants of a pilot scheme: East Midlands, Heathrow and British Airways.
Managing director Steve Griffiths said: "This recognition is great testament and credit to the hard work of our teams across the business to keep our passengers and colleagues safe and ensure we're ready for the restart of international travel in the coming weeks.
"We can't wait to welcome back our passengers, and this accreditation and recognition should provide them with the confidence and reassurance we have done all we can to make them feel safe while at the airport."
In 2019, before the pandemic began, Stansted was the fourth busiest airport in the UK, serving 28m passengers with 200 destinations in 40 countries. In 2020 it had three million passengers.