The health measures in place at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic have earned it the Airport Health Accreditation global seal of excellence from Airports Council International.
“The health and safety of our passengers and employees is always a top priority at YQB. From the very beginning of the pandemic, we quickly deployed proactive measures to ensure the airport remained a safe place,” says the airport’s president and CEO, Stéphane Poirier. “We continue to hold regular biosafety discussions with our business partners. Together, we have an obligation to be prepared and proactive.”
The Airport Health Accreditation recognizes the implementation of health standards at airports, in line with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization‘s aviation recovery task force. Accreditation is granted following a rigorous evaluation based on cleaning and disinfection standards, social distancing, protection of employees, layout of the premises and communications to passengers.
Measures YQB has taken include enhanced cleaning procedures, a mandatory mask policy, installation of hand sanitizer kiosks as well as signage and floor markings as a reminder of hygiene practices and social distancing, and temperature screening of passengers and non-passengers at checkpoints. Access to the terminal building has also been restricted to same-day passengers and airport employees, and passengers are encouraged to check in online prior to their flight to reduce human interaction in the terminal.