The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airports Council International (ACI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to develop a framework to ensure higher level of safety across all airports.
Under the MoC, both organisations will support the development of the ACI Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety Programme, which will assist airports worldwide to detect and deal with safety loopholes.
The objectives of the MoC also include undertaking joint technical assistance projects, regular exchange of safety-relevant information and data as well as providing mutual access to databases and providing training for regional cooperation.
ACI director general, Angela Gittens, said the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation signals the official start of a collaboration to grow ACI's Airport Excellence in Safety Programme (APEX).
"Through APEX, we help airports around the world identify and remedy safety vulnerabilities by on-site peer reviews, information sharing, training, assistance with implementation of management structures and the technical assistance in applying the standards and recommended practices," said Gittens.
"This collaboration with ICAO takes global airport safety to the next level."
The APEX programme will help airports enhance their safety performance, to implement safety management systems, set up indicators and provide the tools for reducing safety incidents.
Under APEX in safety programme, ACI will arrange and dispatch expert teams to advise airports on specific safety areas.
Image: ICAO Council president Roberto Kobeh González and ACI director general Angela Gittens during the signing of MoC. Photo: courtesy of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).