Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New England, US, has achieved the cleaning industry’s gold star accreditation.

The regional hub received the gold standard for prepared facilities under the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation scheme, in recognition of stringent protocols that have been implemented for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.

“This is great news for the safety of our staff, travellers and the airport community-at-large,” said Manchester-Boston’s Airport Director, Ted Kitchens. “Consumers who choose to travel by air out of Manchester-Boston Regional Ariport can travel with the confidence that the airport places their health and safety as our primary concern each-and-every day.”

Commenting on how the GBAC STAR verifies that the New England gateway implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics, GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger said: “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig added that the accreditation means the airport is “one of only 15 airports worldwide and the only airport in New England to achieve GBAC STAR, providing yet another reason why travellers should choose Manchester-Boston Regional Airport when travelling.”

To achieve the accreditation, the airport was required to demonstrate compliance with the programme’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.

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