Mitigating COVID-19 Transmission Risks through Modifications to Existing HVAC Systems

Publish Date: August 12, 2020

Improving airport facility indoor environments to reduce the spread of disease can support the health of Airport passengers and employees and reassure building occupants that the Airport has taken industry recommended measures to improved building occupant health, comfort and safety. Airport heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can play a vital role in reducing airborne transmission risks of COVID-19 and other pathogens. To help airport operators, ACI-NA has developed this issue briefing, which discusses actions airport operators can take to mitigate COVID-19 transmission risks through assessment, maintenance and modifications to their existing HVAC systems. These actions were evaluated based on ease of implementation and given classifications. Immediate actions are those that can be performed immediately with airport staff. Short term actions may require some assistance from outside vendors which could include procurement activities. Long term actions can be planned so that resources can be properly allocated.