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Asia-Pacific Airports Adopts Resolutions to Support ACI Initiatives on Airport Safety and Security

April 27, 2016 Airport No Comments Email Email

At the 11th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly held on April 19, 2016, three resolutions on safety and security have been adopted, calling for members’ support on the following:

  • Urge airports to set up Runway Safety Teams;
  • Call upon airports to promote positive safety culture; and
  • Encourage ACI Asia-Pacific Members to participate in APEX in Security.

Mrs. Patti Chau, Regional Director said, “At the 11th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, we call upon members’ support on ACI’s initiatives on airport safety and security. ACI Asia-Pacific will continue to work closely with industry partners and our members in ensuring airports are operated in a responsible, safe and secure manner for the travelling public.”

Resolution 1: Airports to Set Up Runway Safety Team

Runway accidents remain one of the key issues of aerodrome safety. ACI has been advocating member airports to create their own Runway Safety Teams, where stakeholders can discuss runway safety issues which can lead to prevention of runway accidents.

ACI Asia-Pacific urges member airports to create their Runway Safety Teams as soon as possible and make use of ACI’s guidance materials and training resources; or seek assistance from ACI APEX in Safety service in the creation and running of runway safety teams.

Resolution 2: Airports to Promote Positive Safety Culture

A positive safety culture is the general belief in an organization that safety is a core value that should not be compromised in any circumstances. Positive safety culture is also critical in the successful implementation of a safety management system and in the achievement of acceptable levels of safety at an airport. With the new edition of Annex 19 (Safety Management) to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, expected to become applicable by November 2016, States and by extension, airports are required to promote positive safety culture to encourage safety reporting.

ACI Asia-Pacific calls upon its member airports to attach adequate importance to positive safety culture and actively promote positive safety culture at their organization with training, communication campaigns and experience sharing with other airports.

Resolution 3: Airports to Support APEX in Security

ACI has launched APEX in Security, a peer review program to promote assistance among airports. Airports participating in the program either as assessor or host will gain unique learning opportunities to advance in the field of aviation security.

In February 2016, ACI and ICAO signed an agreement to work together under the APEX in Security program to deliver security reviews, technical assistance and training.

ACI Asia-Pacific encourages its member airports to generously contribute to this meaningful cause by sending their aviation security experts to APEX in missions when being called upon by ACI; and to consider inviting the ACI APEX in Security team to conduct aviation security reviews at their airports.

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