Airports Council International (ACI) World Director General, Angela Gittens calls on aviation regulators and airports in Africa to realistically assess challenges together and implement aviation-related safety and security actions and initiatives. This, she said, during a keynote address delivered at the opening of the 27th ACI Africa Annual General Assembly, Regional Conference and Exhibition in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Aviation continues to be highly exposed to a wide range of operational safety risks and to be an attractive target for terrorists, including the landside areas of airports. To address these threats, there is an urgent need to ensure that effective and efficient measures are in place throughout the world. This includes the deployment of new screening technologies, Safety Management Systems but also effective management practices, training, along with a solid safety and security culture. Through products and services like Airport Excellence (APEX) and publications, ACI World actively supports the airport community in raising the bar on aviation safety and security worldwide.
“We are undoubtedly at a very dynamic time and entering into a decisive period in the world,” says Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “Airports have become businesses in their own right and have to excel in a full range of activities. Yet, we are ever mindful that safety and security are our top priorities and we demonstrate that every day through our APEX missions, training, our work with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and our guidance material.”
“As the second-largest and second-most populous continent, boasting over 1.2 billion inhabitants, Africa is expected to become a vital participant in the global economy. In 2017, the continent was home to some of the fastest-growing economies on the planet and its growth rate has been trending upwards in recent months. African airports are encouraged to urgently adopt risk-based safety and security concepts, advanced technologies, and process innovation,” she states.
“I’m confident that in the spirit of collaboration that is vital in moving the African airport industry forward, this event will help us reflect on our achievements, our lessons learned, and the current issues and perspectives for the coming years,” she adds.
The annual meeting under the theme “Challenges of Safety & Security in African Airports, Issues and Perspectives” convenes regional and global leaders from airports, industry, government officials and regulators to discuss the current situation of African airports with regards to safety and security, while exploring innovative solutions and addressing the upcoming challenges of aviation in the region.
Source: ACI World