At a time when health and safety are so critical, the Orlando International Airport and the Hyatt Regency have both received the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation.
“Earning this award now should serve as a confidence booster for the traveling public as they return to air travel,” said Phil Brown, chief executive officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Only facilities who have proven the highest commitment to safety and cleaning are awarded this distinction.”
The GBAC STAR accreditation is the gold standard of prepared facilities. This accreditation means that a facility has:
- Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
- The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
- Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.
“It’s an impressive feat for both Orlando International, one of the country’s top airports, and an airport-owned hotel to both received this honor. Aligned with Hyatt’s purpose – we care for people so they can be their best – Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport is proud to earn this GBAC STAR accreditation,” said Bruce McDonald, general manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. “In addition to our colleagues receiving training as part of this process, our hotel has prepared enhanced cleanliness measures aligned with Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness in an effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues. It was important for passengers and hotel guests to know that these cleaning standards throughout the entire facility are perform to the highest level possible.”
The Advisory Council helps organizations and businesses prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats, and biohazard situations and real-time crises.
Since the start of the pandemic, Orlando International Airport has remained committed to the highest of standards when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting all areas of the facility. High-touch point areas like elevator buttons, hand rails, seating areas and others get cleaned frequently. Other enhanced cleaning efforts, such as the use of sanitizing foggers, are routinely completely throughout the airport.
Passenger traffic continues to slowly climb from significant decreases earlier this year. An average of 27,000 departing passengers travel through MCO daily.