Biosafety trust certification ‘first’ for Rome’s Fiumicino and Ciampino airports

Rome Fiumicino Airport. (Photo: RaBoe / Wikipedia)

Rome’s two biggest airports, Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci (IATA: FCO) and Ciampino – G B Pastine (CIA), have received international recognition for their work to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the biological risks posed by all pathogens.

Both facilities, managed by Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), have become the joint first airports in the world to obtain the Biosafety Trust certification, issued by the certification body RINA Services. The certification relates to the correct application of measures for preventing infection from biological agents within the airports, ranging from the least dangerous viruses to the most harmful, including the notorious Ebola, Anthrax and Sars-Cov2 (Covid-19).

The RINA inspectors checked the airports’ compliance with the international reference standards on which this the certification scheme is based (ISO 31000 – risk management and ISO 22301 – business continuity) and carried out on-site inspections.

During the investigations the inspection team focused upon a huge range of subjects: the provision of airport services, including management and support services (those relating to first aid, terminal services, flight control, operational safety, aircraft de-icing and hoisting activities, managing freight at cargo city); the running and maintenance of systems and infrastructure; the management of ICT systems; plus commercial and real estate sub-concessions. It also studied the coordination of activities involving engineering, procurement and overseeing airport infrastructural works, assistance activities for passengers with reduced mobility, security checks, cleaning, disinfecting, and maintaining green spaces, mobility services and car parks”.

ADR CEO, Marco Troncone, commented: “We are very satisfied with this result because it once again demonstrates the levels of excellence reached by Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, even in an essential sector such Health and Safety.

“It is a certification that recognises the company’s effort, which, during the crisis, in addition to the protocols required by the Government, has adopted further measures to guarantee the utmost breadth and depth of the prevention interventions and to enable the capital’s airports to continue to operate in conditions of utmost safety.”