Lufthansa rated the best among 150+ airlines evaluated worldwide by Safe Travel Barometer

Safe Travel Barometer, said to be the world’s most comprehensive database for COVID-19 traveler health and safety protocols, has released Safe Travel Score for airlines worldwide. This is an industry-first rating initiative, based on an independent audit of more than 150 airlines and 20 traveler health and safety measures announced, as part of airlines renewed pre-boarding, boarding and onboard experiences.

Germany’s Lufthansa has emerged as the world’s leading airline with a Safe Travel Score of 4.5 out of 5, having implemented numerous pro-traveler health and safety initiatives. These include utmost transparency in communication of safety measures with travelers, including mandatory face masks for travelers, frequent cleaning of aircraft before/after every flight and most importantly, blocking middle seats in a bold statement to ease traveler anxiety. More recently, Lufthansa also announced rollout of COVID-19 tests of arriving passengers at Munich and Frankfurt airports.

India’s Vistara and U.S.-based Delta are tied at the second spot with a Safe Travel Score of 4.4 out of 5.

The entry of U.S.based airlines in the top-10 is the most encouraging. Safe Travel Barometer first highlighted the dismal performance of the U.S. carriers in June 2020, when majority of them did not have much (or any) traveler safety protocols in place. The introduction of these measures ever since to coerce travelers back in the air enabled 4

U.S. carriers – Delta (4.4), Allegiant (4.4), Hawaiian (4.2) and Alaska (4.1) – to push ahead of other airlines globally and make it to the top-10 list.

“The fundamental premise of Safe Travel Score is to benchmark travel brands’ initiatives to reduce traveler anxiety,” says Virendra Jain, Co-Founder and CEO, Safe Travel. “Our independent rating centered on traveler health and safety measures establishes a baseline for travel brands, while equally offering travelers a glimpse into what they can expect in their journeys.”

Top 10 Worldwide Airlines for COVID-19 Traveler Safety Measures, August 2020

Airline

Country

Safe Travel

Score*

Lufthansa

Germany

4.5

Vistara

India

4.4

Delta Airlines

U.S.

4.4

Allegiant Air

U.S.

4.4

China Airlines

China

4.2

Hawaiian Airlines

U.S.

4.2

AirAsia

Malaysia

4.2

Emirates

U.A.E.

4.2

Philippines Airlines

Philippines

4.2

Alaska Airlines

U.S.

4.1

* Safe Travel Score is based on an independent audit of more than 20 parameters applicable to an air journey, across pre-boarding, boarding and onboard experiences. It includes COVID-19 related hygiene and safety measures announced by airlines for travelers and its crew.

Top 5 North American Airlines for COVID-19 Traveler Safety Measures, August 2020

Airline

Country

Safe Travel Score

Delta Airlines

U.S.

4.4

Allegiant Air

U.S.

4.4

Hawaiian Airlines

U.S.

4.2

Alaska Airlines

U.S.

4.1

JetBlue

U.S.

4.1

 Top 5 European Airlines for COVID-19 Traveler Safety Measures, August 2020

Airline

Country

Safe Travel Score

Lufthansa

Germany

4.5

Air Caraibes

France

4.0

Sun Express

Germany

3.9

Iberia

Spain

3.6

Vueling

Spain

3.5

 Top 5 Asia Pacific Airlines for COVID-19 Traveler Safety Measures, August 2020

Airline

Country

Safe Travel Score

Vistara

India

4.4

China Airlines

China

4.2

AirAsia

Malaysia

4.2

Philippines Airlines

Philippines

4.2

IndiGo

India

4.1

Top 5 Middle East and Africa Airlines for COVID-19 Traveler Safety Measures, August 2020

Airline

Country

Safe Travel Score

Emirates

U.A.E.

4.2

Etihad

U.A.E.

4.0

Jazeera Airways

Kuwait

3.9

Gulf Air

Bahrain

3.9

Flyadeal

Saudi Arabia

3.8

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