Salvador Bahia Airport creates disinfection tunnel to speed up the cleaning of trays

Salvador Bahia Airport creates disinfection tunnel to speed up the cleaning of trays

The equipment was installed in the inspection area and uses lamps with germicidal effect

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Salvador Bahia Airport, a member of the VINCI Airports network, has intensified safety and hygiene measures in its facilities. One of the protocols adopted was cleaning after each use of the trays in which the passenger's belongings are placed to be scanned in the x-ray machines.

The novelty is that Salvador Airport installed a disinfection tunnel to sanitize the trays even more effectively. Inside the tunnel, UV-C lamps neutralize bacteria, fungi and viruses, all through the use of ultraviolet rays.

The project is an initiative of the Maintenance department of Salvador Bahia Airport itself. According to supervisor Renan Passarini, the idea is to optimize the cleaning process that had been done manually since March, with sodium hypochlorite solution. Two pieces of equipment were installed at the terminal: one in the domestic pre-shipment area and the other in the international one.

VINCI Airports also develops such disinfection tunnels at London Gatwick airport and will continue to promote such innovations, to guarantee maximum health security for passengers.

Another solution developed by Salvador Bahia Airport during the pandemic period was Bathroom 3.0, a strategy that avoids overcrowding in sanitary facilities. In it, a motion sensor monitors the occupancy of the bathrooms and indicates whether the user can enter or should look for others. A screen outside communicates in real time the occupation of the place - low, medium or maximum, avoiding crowding in the internal area. The solution is installed at the entrance to the sanitary facilities in the areas with the greatest circulation at the Airport.

Innovation in the DNA

To better meet the needs of passengers and airlines, VINCI Airports encourages automation and innovation, thus helping to create the "airports of tomorrow". Some examples of this pioneering spirit are the vallet service performed by robots and the face recognition boarding system, called MONA, both developed at Lyon Airport. In addition to all network members carrying this value in their DNA, VINCI Airports has centers of excellence in innovation at the airports of Lyon-Saint-Exupéry, France, Lisbon, Portugal, and London Gatwick, in the United Kingdom.

About Salvador Bahia Airport

Located in Salvador, capital of Bahia and the first Brazilian capital, Salvador Bahia Airport has been part of the VINCI Airports network since January 2, 2018 through a 30-year Concession Contract. Since then, the airport has incorporated global operating standards, seeking to deliver more efficiency, safety and a better travel experience for its passengers. With this objective, works were carried out to modernize and expand the passenger terminal, an investment of R $ 700 million that increased its capacity by 50%, from 10 million to 15 million passengers per year.

Named as the "Most Sustainable Aerodrome in Brazil", Salvador Bahia Airport stands out for its pioneering spirit in environmental preservation actions. Guided by Air Pact, VINCI Airports' global strategy, the airport was the first in Brazil to reuse 100% of the water consumed, not to dispense solid waste for landfills and to have a solar plant – with 4.2 MW of power. The airport's actions to reduce carbon emissions led it to receive the Carbon Accreditation Certification (ACA Certification) by the International Airport Council (ACI). More information can be found on the website or on the social networks @salvadorbahiaairport.

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, as the leading private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operation of 45 airports located in Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Served by more than 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 255 million passengers in 2019.

Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability and know-how to optimise the management and performance of airports and carry out extensions and upgrades. In 2019, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €4.9 billion, for a consolidated revenue of €2.6 billion.