By WiT,

Airports in Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai are among countries that have topped the global airport landscape with a Safe Travel Score of 4.4 out of 5. In Asia Pacific, Singapore’s Changi Airport was followed closely by Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) with a Safe Travel Score of 4.3.

Apart from implementing pro-traveller health and safety initiatives, the airports are also stressing on transparency in communication of safety measures with travellers. Also, frequent cleaning of airport terminals – from handrails, touchscreens, bathrooms to seating, handles, and elevator panels are practiced at regular intervals at most of the top-tier airports.

Safe Travel Barometer is a comprehensive database of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and traveller experience initiatives announced by suppliers which influences traveller decisions in the new normal.

Its Safe Travel Score, assigned to more than 400 airports worldwide, is based on an independent audit of some 29 traveller health and safety measures, along with traveller convenience initiatives and overall traveller experience announced by airports, regulatory and government authorities to alleviate traveller anxiety and boost confidence.

The process assigns variable weights to all the initiatives depending on their importance. These initiatives are assigned to one of the three sub-categories including COVID-19 Safety Protocols, Traveller Convenience and Traveller Experience, which in turn have differential weights assigned to them, basis upon their gravity in the traveller’s decision-making and actual journey. The aggregated weights by sub-categories are rolled-up to arrive at the final Safe Travel Score.

Other APAC airports that made it to the leaderboard include Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM), Haneda Airport (HND), Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and Narita Airport (NRT). These airports had a Safe Travel Score of 4.3 in October 2020.

“From China to Singapore to Japan, Asian airports are truly setting the bar of what travellers come to expect in the new normal. About 25% of the 83 airports analysed in APAC achieved a Safe Travel Score of 4.0 or above, which is among the highest ratio globally. The Asian airport experience is steadily getting enhanced for the new normal – a much needed respite for travellers,” said Virendra Jain, co-founder and CEO, Safe Travel Barometer (pictured).

In addition to the updated ratings, Safe Travel Barometer announces a refreshed dashboard and supplier profile pages, with a more intuitive interface and the ability to derive meaningful comparisons across suppliers. Company profile claims on Safe Travel Barometer is now live too – complete a claim form (subject to verification) to directly update your organisation’s COVID-19 safety, traveller convenience and service initiatives.

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