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Top of the safest airlines to fly with during a pandemic.
There will never be the best airline or airport to enforce sanitary and hygiene restrictions to perfection during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some perform better than others.
Skytrax is the only company in the world to offer certification of airline health and safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic. This certification is based on professional and scientific investigations of standards at airports and inside aircraft.
The speed and efficiency with which most airlines and airports have reacted is commendable and demonstrates the high standards of hygiene and safety that have been implemented to protect the well-being of customers and staff.
Airlines comply with travel restrictions imposed globally.
Travel around the world is subject to restrictive measures, some requiring home quarantine or negative test results for COVID-19.
However, for those who want or need to travel, the experience is safe, with actions being taken by airlines and airports to increase the safety of passengers and staff.
Facial masks, physical distance and hygiene are the three key elements in preventing COVID-19 infection in everyday life, and they remain critical elements that travelers should remember when deciding to fly.
High visibility signals and guides were applied at the airport, physical distance markings, frequent hand sanitizers, and there were also checks to verify the wearing of the face mask by passengers.
The success of these trends has varied globally, says Skytrax. Different customer demographics were analyzed that appear to have different levels of understanding of regulations. Customer control over Covid's rules differs from country to country, and airports that meet better standards implement a strict policy of mask use and social distance.
To avoid contact between people, airlines have eliminated many existing services at the airport or on board aircraft.
Airport lounges are cleaner, but there have been problems in adapting spaces for physical distance, removing reading materials and closing different areas (prayer rooms, smoking areas and children's playgrounds).
Other changes have been made to the lounge menus. In some countries, Skytrax noticed a reduction in catering services to minimize contact.
A similar scenario can be seen on board aircraft, where airlines have improved their cleaning service and created a safer environment.
In some flights, customers remain seated after landing and follow regulated procedures, while on many other flights, there is the usual congestion at the exit of the aircraft and absolutely no chance of implementing physical distance.
Similar variations apply to the use of the face mask and their control on board aircraft. After almost a year of pandemic, it is surprising to see that there are still passengers who refuse to wear a face mask during the flight.
The analysis focuses on hygiene, cleanliness and safety protocols. While some airlines have reduced the service of purchasing products on board, but also catering services, this has not affected their performance.
Airlines have provided hygiene kits to customers.
However, Skytrax was impressed with the speed with which some airlines launched hygiene kits for customers, which often include hand sanitizers, spare masks and sanitizing wipes.
COVID-19 air safety assessments were introduced in 2020 to assess the actual standards offered at the airport and on board aircraft. The results highlight that passengers can trust airlines because they meet all safety requirements.
The airlines that have already been certified with COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating are:
|Qatar Airways||Qatar||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Air Baltic||Latvia||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Lufthansa||Germany||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Turkish Airlines||Turkey||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Ryanair||Ireland||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Aegean Airlines||Greece||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Anadolujet||Turkey||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Emirates Airlines||Emiratele Arabe Unite||★ ★ ★ ★|
|KLM||Holland||★ ★ ★ ★|
|British Airways||UK||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Iberia||Spania||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Vueling Airlines||Spania||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Air France||France||★ ★ ★ ★|
|EasyJet||UK||★ ★ ★ ★|
|IndiGo||India||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Lot Polish Airlines||Poland||★★★|