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ACI performs first Airport Excellence in Security pilot review at Mauritius Airport - Apr 01, 2016

Montreal, 1 April 2016 – Airports Council International (ACI) has launched its first Airport Excellence (APEX) in Security pilot security review at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius. ACI is pleased to be working with Mauritius Airport on the project, which will enable the fine tuning of the programme for future security reviews at airports around the world.

The APEX in Security programme is a peer review process that offers advice on best practice and identification of areas for improvement. The ultimate aim of the programme is to promote more secure airport operations worldwide. Airports of Mauritius Co Ltd. (AML) has asked ACI’s APEX in Security team to perform the review, which will help them identify security gaps at their airports.

APEX in Security is run on similar lines to the popular APEX in Safety programme, now in its fifth year. It uses international standards and recommended practices, supplemented by implementation guidelines as its base, and supplements this with the expert views of seasoned practitioners from similar sized airports around the world. And just as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has strongly supported APEX in Safety, it has also provided strong support of APEX in Security. ACI Director General Angela Gittens and ICAO Secretary General Fang Liu signed a Memorandum of Understanding in late Februarywhich helps ACI and ICAO work together to deliver security reviews, offer technical assistance, develop programmes for airport personnel training and enhance regional partnerships.

“A sustainable aviation industry is built upon a foundation of safety and security,” said Gittens. “I would like to thank Airports of Mauritius for participating in the APEX in Security pilot. Using the peer review formula established by the successful APEX in Safety programme, APEX in Security will make measureable differences in the security operations at airports worldwide, while at the same time bringing together experts in the field to share experiences and learn from each other”. 

Notes for editors

1. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. For more information on ACI, please click here

2. To learn more about the APEX programme, please click here.

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