Hamburg Airport recognised for comprehensive hygiene measures

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Germany’s Hamburg Airport has been recognised for its high level of coronavirus safety measures. With European travellers longing to head away to foreign shores this summer the airport has been awarded the Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation Programme certificate – making it the fourth ACI-certified airport in Germany, following the hubs of Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin-Brandenburg.

The certification, which is valid for one year, takes into account diverse factors in all aspects of airport operations including: the possibility for social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, spatial layout and passenger facilities, passenger communications, and the protection of personnel.

“Many people in northern Germany are longing to fly on holiday again or to see their friends and family who live far away,” said Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport. “Business travellers want to meet their partners in person again. Passengers rightly expect a high standard of hygiene and safety measures. At Hamburg Airport, we are doing everything to ensure that passengers feel safe and at ease here. That is why we had our performance reviewed on the basis of independent criteria – successfully. Certification in the ACI Health Accreditation programme confirms that the measures we have put in place are well thought-out and effective, and that they are applied consistently.”

Hamburg Airport has implemented numerous hygiene and protective measures to make travel as safe as possible since the start of the global pandemic. An inter-department Expert Group maintains constant communication to ensure the measures always keep pace with new regulations and developments. Employees in almost every functional role at the airport are represented, bringing with them a broad spectrum of expertise.

Medical masks are mandatory inside the terminals and on-board aircraft. Self-service kiosks throughout the terminal have masks, disinfectant wipes and gels available to purchase. Perspex panes, hand disinfectant dispensers, floor markings an display monitors help people comply with the now familiar hygiene rules while at the airport. Additional cleaning teams have also been deployed. Airlines offer ‘non-contact’ check-in facilities as well as self-bag drops.

Passengers as well as the general public are able to undertake a coronavirus test at the airport from service providers, Centogene and EcoCare.Both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests are available, subject to charges.

Hamburg Airport celebrates additional Wizz Air routes

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Hamburg Airport is celebrating five new routes with the Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air. Lviv, Belgrade and Chișinău are brand new to Hamburg’s destination network with flights to all three cities starting in early July. From 24 July, Wizz Air will also operate two weekly flights to Tirana in Albania and from 9 August will expand its existing service to Bucharest with four flights per week to the Romanian capital.

“The fact that Wizz Air is resuming flight operations at Hamburg Airport, even expanding its commitment with three brand new destinations, is a very positive signal for our passengers,” said Gesa Zaremba, Senior Manager Traffic Development at Hamburg Airport.

Wizz Air began resuming operations at the German hub as early as the start of June, when it operated three flights per week to Skopje in North Macedonia and twice weekly flights to Varna in Bulgaria. It has since reopened connections to the Ukranian capital of Kiev and offers five flights per week to Gdansk on Poland’s Baltic Sea coast. With the new destinations added to the timetable this summer the airline will fly from Hamburg Airport to a total of nine destinations in eastern and central Europe.

Like airports around the world Hamburg Airport has introduced various measures on site to make it easier to observe the necessary distancing and hygiene regulations. “Our passengers want to fly again, on city trips, vacations and to visit family. We are well prepared at Hamburg Airport with clear hygiene and safety measures in place, we make air travel safe and enjoyable for passengers,” added Zaremba.