Airports Council International (ACI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in a bid to enhance cooperation on airport security.
Under the new agreement, ACI and the ICAO will work together to attain the objectives of ACI's airport excellence (APEX) in security programme.
The two agencies will collaborate to provide technical assistance, programmes for airport personnel training, security reviews, and the improvement of regional partnerships.
ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu said: "This new agreement establishes a framework for cooperation which will help to improve airport security worldwide.
"ICAO very much appreciates ACI's proactive leadership on all aspects of effective airport operation, and by improving our cooperation we can better ensure that international airports remain suitably secure and efficient, and have the necessary tools for driving increased economic development and global connectivity."
The airport excellence in security programme enables airports, through a peer review process, to identify and understand security-related issues and help them to resolve these problems.
The peer review process advises airports on the best practices to ensure improved security worldwide.
ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said: "I would like to thank Dr Liu and ICAO for their unwavering support of APEX.
"ACI and ICAO are fully aligned in our belief that a sustainable, successful aviation industry is built upon a foundation of safety and security.
"With this signing we lay the groundwork to further strengthen that foundation."
Image: ACI World Director General and ICAO Secretary General sign the MoU. Photo: courtesy of ACI.