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ACI and ICAO to enhance cooperation on airport security

Angela and Fang Liu

ACI World Director General Angela Gittens (right) and ICAO Secretary General
Dr. Fang Liu signing a new MOU to enhance cooperation on airport security.

Montréal, 29 February 2016 – Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have announced a new agreement aimed at reinforcing cooperation on airport security.

The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see ACI and the UN aviation agency working more closely towards the objectives of ACI’s Airport Excellence (APEX) in Security programme, including working together to deliver security reviews, technical assistance, programmes for airport personnel training and the enhancement of regional partnerships.

“This new agreement establishes a framework for cooperation which will help to improve airport security worldwide,” explained ICAO’s Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu. “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 APEX in Security programme is designed to help airports identify and address security vulnerabilities through a peer review process that offers advice on best practices and identification of areas for improvement. The ultimate aim of the programme is to promote more secure airport operations worldwide.

“I would like to thank Dr. Liu and ICAO for their unwavering support of APEX,” said ACI World Director General Angela Gittens. “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.”

Notes for editors

1. Airports Council International, 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 Organisation. 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. To learn more about ACI, please click here.

2. A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities. The organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States. To learn more about ICAO, please click here.

3. To download a PDF version of this media release, please click here.

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