THE CERTIFICATION FOR SAFE AND TRUSTED AIRLINE FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION: the future of the airline industry?
How many of us miss the rituals of flying, from the bing-bong of the seat belt sign to binge-watching films on the in-flight entertainment system?
Despite mass vaccination programmes around the world gaining pace and talk of quarantine-free holidays, the prospect of traveling internationally still feels remote for most of us.
And when we do return to the skies, some of us will likely be feeling anxious about being strapped into the enclosed confines of an aircraft cabin for prolonged periods.
While many airlines have revised their schedules or grounded some of their fleets due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus, there have still been flights operating across the globe throughout the pandemic.
It’s partially this experience of keeping their aircraft in the air that has led many airlines to develop and adopt stringent safety measures to limit the potential spread of the virus. And, more importantly, make the travelling public feel safe and at ease enough to enjoy flying again in the near future.
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A press dossier regarding the Certification for Safe and Trusted Airline programme can be accessed here:
Carrying out in-depth on-site surveys to access just that, the global tourism institution-EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE has introduced the first – and so far only – COVID-19 safety certification which is rapidly becoming an industry benchmark. Here’s what the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE looked for.
How are airlines keeping us safe in the sky?
Sitting in close quarters with up to 300 others on an average long-haul flight (or even up to 644 passengers in an Airbus A380) during a global pandemic is enough to make even the bravest of us jittery.
Part of keeping us safe in the air is inherent in the design of modern aircraft.
The plane’s engines help to pump fresh air from outside to recycle and replace stale air inside the cabin every two to three minutes, meaning that there is a new supply of fresh air around 20 times every hour on average.
Modern aircraft are also fitted with filters similar to those in hospitals which help to clean the air of particles as minute as COVID-19, making it arguably one of the safest places to be.
Aircraft design aside, airlines have also adopted certain protocols on board as part of the new routine of flying, including mandatory mask-wearing, blocking out middle seats and providing sanitary kits for use during your flight.
Of course, safety measures aren’t just in place for onboard your flight.
They often begin from the moment you set foot outside the terminal building at most airports.
It’s these measures, too, that EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE has taken a keen interest in when it comes to accessing passenger safety.
What are airlines judged on?
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE is carrying for the beneficiaries airlines an eight to ten days audit on the airline internal and international routes to scrutinise for WHO and ECTT hygiene and safety recommended measures.
The certification is based on how consistently each airline has stuck to its own measures and the effectiveness of each health and safety protocol it has introduced since the start of the pandemic.
These include the use of protective screens and PPE by staff at the airport and onboard flights, social distancing measures, clear signage, the availability of hand sanitiser and replacement masks, cleaning measures and so on.
Over 20 airlines have applied to be reviewed by the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE so far or are awaiting their final certification.
The city of Krusevo has recently become a center of tourism development and international recognition for Macedonia.
The city boasts on its rich history being connected with the short-lived, ill-fated, but glorious Ilindend uprising and 10 days Krusevo Republic.
Krusevo: a city that has started a new life!
Lavishly preserved churches and monasteries are surrounding the city, transforming it into a beacon of religion and traditional art.
And is practically a trope to remember the city as the funeral repository of the body of Nikola Karev, the Macedonian Republic’s first president.
Tome Hristoski: the mayor who put Krusevo back on the global map!
Always surrounded by children as it`s building for the future.
The present-day administration lead by Mayor Tome Hristoski has started building on these cultural and historical bases by refurbishing the Ilinden Museum and Museum of National Liberation Struggle and supporting the updating of Makedonium Museum, Foundry Musem and creating the Ilinden Park as an ethno-city center drawing energy and recognition from the regional ethnic melting-pot and a string of famed celebrations such as: 10 days of the Krusevo Republic, Transfiguration celebrations, Vlah Festivals, Blagorodnita-celebrations of the Holy Mother of God etc.
Mayor Tome Hristoski had also put a bet on developing the city tourism not only on cultural, ethnographic, and historical riches but also as a winter sports centre.
Snow, perfect ski lanes, and cable cars are creating an appealing offer for tourists choosing Krusevo as a winter sports destination.
The tourism development strategy of Krusevo Municipality received a brilliant endorsement by the city recognized as a SAFE TOURIST DESTINATION!
This seal of excellence is destined to bring relaxation to tourists and to support tourism development as recent studies showed that 80% of tourists choose only certified safe destinations during pandemics.
The certification comes in the heels of older administration preoccupations on the field of public health with generous initiatives of Mayor Tome Hristoski like the free distribution of masks, gloves and sanitary products necessary for combating and controlling diseases in the area.
Today Krusevo is blending in an attractive manner the fabulous historical troves of the past with a dynamic and vibrant city future-oriented and respectful of the urban tradition of cultural mixing and openness.
In the words of Mayor Tome Hristoski: The Krusevo that we want to build is young and prosperous, but with respect for the past generation and their role.
We inherited a city central to Macedonian history and we ambition to continue our role in shaping Macedonia’s future.
With such powerful and efficient leaders, Krusevo is promising to continue his rise among the models’ cities in Macedonia and the Balkans.
In recognition of Krushevo`s city administration efforts to align with global standards for health, safety and hygiene, the city has been awarded the right to use, for a period of two years, the Safe Destination Certification, from the global tourism institution-European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT).
Created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ECTT`s Safe Tourist Destination enables tourists to recognize destinations that meet international standards for health and safety, allowing visitors to confidently enjoy safe destinations.
Tourism Director Mr. Radu Alexandru led the paperwork and inspection-related tasks leading to the ceremonial awarding for the city of Krusevo which was duly inspected and endorsed by the regional offices concerned.
Mayor of the historical city of Krusevo Mr. Tome Hristoski received the SAFE TOURIST DESTINATION CERTIFICATION crowning his city achievements in combating COVID-19 and ensuring a safe environment for tourists coming to this beautiful part of Macedonia.
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Dr. Radu Alexandru said that while this travel stamp of approval is not required, he encouraged other cities and establishments to apply.
Interested cities in the region can apply for safe travel and destination certification by submitting a letter of intent and application form, and city logo while destinations include the local government unit profile, health and safety-related issuances/ordinances and destination logo.
“This surge of interest is reflective of different cities and regions readiness to adapt to the new normal and desire to be globally recognized as a fun and ‘safe destination’ facility,” he added.
The mayor’s office in Krusevo: the first establishment to receive the CLEAN and SAFE-SEAL for GOOD PRACTICES IN COMBATING COVID-19 CERTIFICATION.
Dr. Radu Alexandru said that as the countries of the world are reopening to foreign tourists, they need to prioritize the restoration of travelers’ confidence.
“We anticipate that parallel initiatives across the globe will hasten the resumption of international travel,” the tourism certification chief said.
“As early as now, we need to prepare our facilities and destinations to be visitor-ready, with health and safety as key concerns.
The ECTT safe destination certification for diverse cities, on top of our accreditation, will hope to restore travelers’ confidence in different zones of Macedonia as a ‘safe and fun’ destinations” he added.
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