Palm Beach International Airport becomes first GBAC STAR™ accredited airport in Florida

West Palm Beach, FL (August 20, 2020)- PBI achieves GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation, ensuring proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices are in place to combat biohazards and infectious diseases.

As the second airport in the United States and the first airport in Florida to receive the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation, PBI is proud to continue to provide passengers, guests, and employees a safe facility today and in the future.

This facility accreditation, which is administered by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, properly equips PBI for effectively combating reoccurring biohazards or infectious disease risks.

“We are extremely pleased that PBI is the first airport in Florida and second in the United States to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation,” said Director of Airports for Palm Beach County, Laura Beebe. “Ensuring the health and safety of our customers, partners, and employees is our number one priority as an airport. The accreditation demonstrates PBI’s continued commitment to achieving the highest standards of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.”

Electrostatic Spraying in Concourse Seating Area

Triangle Services janitorial team member uses an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect concourse seating areas at Palm Beach International Airport.

“As one of the first airports worldwide to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, Palm Beach International Airport has illustrated its commitment to maintaining a clean, safe, and healthy environment for travelers and staff,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “We commend PBI for its leadership in upholding high standards of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.”

About GBAC, a Division of ISSA
Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response, and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance, and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address, and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training and certification of individuals, and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit

About Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
During these unprecedented times, PBI continues to work diligently to uphold fiscal responsibility, provide robust air service, and maintain the highest standards in airport experience our passengers and guests have come to expect. To read more about PBI's commitment to recovery, please review the PBI Comprehensive Guide: Pandemic Preparedness and Response. To best serve passengers, guests, and employees, PBI became the first airport in Florida to achieve GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation, ensuring a safe, sterile, and clean facility. Palm Beach International Airport is proud to be named the 9th Best Domestic Airport in Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2020 World's Best Awards and 8th Best Airport in the U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Palm Beach International Airport was named Fifth Best Medium Airport in the 2019 J.D. Power North America Airport Satisfaction Survey and ranked Best in the U.S. for Shortest Overall TSA Wait Times by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  PBI has been recognized by Travel + Leisure, tripadvisor, Conde Nast Traveler, MissTravel, and Fox News for convenience, hospitality, and amenities. 

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Palm Beach International Airport

Lacy Larson                                                                                            

Director, Airports Marketing and Communications                                                                

Palm Beach County Dept. of Airports                                                     

Tel: (561) 471-7467