ACI Media Press Release Archives (2011)
|MONTREAL, 8 September 2011 – ACI is pleased to announce the first pilot airport for its Airport Excellence in Safety programme (APEX in Safety). Lomé-Tokoin Airport in Togo volunteered to serve as the pilot airport and Genève Aéroport and the Moroccan National Office of Airports (ONDA) have generously volunteered to be the first ACI Safety Partners. Their safety experts, together with those from ACI World and Africa and staff from ICAO’s regional office for West and Central Africa, are on site this week in Togo to conduct the APEX peer review. According to Mr Guendouz Chief Executive Officer ONDA, “Being an integral part of this process that will permit the improvement of safety in airports is a source of pride for the Moroccan National Office of Airports, and totally in line with our strategy of international development”.|
APEX in Safety is designed to help airports worldwide identify and address safety vulnerabilities and is built on the ICAO principles of information transparency, in a non-punitive, ‘just culture’ environment, where sharing data and best practices lead to excellence. ACI matches Airport Safety Partners to help one another.
This first APEX pilot project runs from 5 to 9 September and takes the form of a traditional peer review of Lomé-Tokoin Airport. A comprehensive series of evaluations of the safety needs of Lomé-Tokoin Airport will be conducted and a final report emphasizing safety best practices will be produced by ACI staff shortly after the conclusion of the site visit.
“Sharing strength, knowledge and experience is something we consider as very important, says Robert Deillon, CEO of Genève Aéroport. We are proud to contribute to this new programme which will help to reduce risks and speed progress on the crucial issue that is safety.”
APEX pilot projects will serve as models for ACI members worldwide. Expected outcomes include tangible increases in safety and compliance by members in response to specific needs identified by participating airports with the ultimate goal of reducing the potential for airport safety incidents.
According to Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World: “APEX will provide the necessary framework for airports around the world to benefit from, and lend, the knowledge and experience of their safety experts in identifying and prioritizing the actions that individual airports can take to reduce risks and improve responsiveness in the event of an incident.
As the leader of the airports industry, ACI is pleased to facilitate a partnering process whereby each airport by virtue of its unique characteristics, strengths and knowledge can contribute to helping others improve safety compliance and mitigate the risks of airport incidents worldwide. We look forward to the results of the final draft peer review of Lomé-Tokoin Airport and it helping to establish a model for ACI members worldwide.”
Signing of a Declaration of Commitment and Collaboration in Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety Programme at Lomé-Tokoin Airport
First Row (from left to right): Ahmed Abkari, ONDA; Ali Tounsi, ACI-Africa; David Gamper, ACI World;
Akrima Kogoe, DG SALT; Arthemon Ndikumana, ICAO.
Second Row (from left to right):
Thomas Romig, Genève Aéroport; Richard Marchi, ACI-NA; Pascal Komla, SALT;
G Analla, Directeur des Etudes et de la Perspective, SALT.