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ACI World delivers 100th Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety Review in Abu Dhabi

APEX promotes safer airport operations and cooperation throughout the industry

Abu Dhabi, 20 January 2019 – Airports Council International (ACI) World has today delivered the 100th review in its Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety programme which  promotes best safety practices in airport operations, utilizing the expertise and cooperation of the community of Airports.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is the 100th airport to receive an international delegation of safety experts, generously lent by Safety Partners who will this week conduct a full review with the Host Airport. The 100 safety reviews were conducted with participation from 323 safety assessors from 94 Safety Partner airports around the world.

Through the APEX programme, ACI requests airports to become Safety Partners by providing their safety experts to conduct a review of a requesting airport with the goal of improving safety in specific areas of interest. A review will include a wide range of key areas, tailored to the airport’s needs.

The programme, which was officially launched in 2012, brings together the airport community to provide assistance and advice to airports and has drawn strong interest from the membership and international organizations, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, the European Commission and the World Bank.

“A sustainable aviation industry is built upon a foundation of Safety,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World.

“The APEX in Safety programme continues to grow and receive strong endorsement and I hope that many airports will continue to benefit from the knowledge, expertise and leadership of the community of airports. Every airport can benefit, and every airport can contribute.”

“Abu Dhabi Airports is committed to working with ACI and other international organizations to ensure the highest standards of safety across our airports and facilities,” said Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.

“The safety, health and welfare of our employees, stakeholders, partners and travelers are of utmost importance. We continuously strive to enhance safety practices and regularly educate our employees, in line with our vision of becoming the world’s leading airports group.”

Driven by demand from members, ACI will continue developing the suite of APEX programmes, adding best practices in Security in 2017 and piloting APEX in Environment in 2018.

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. As of January 2018, ACI serves 646 members operating 1,960 airports in 176 countries.

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ACI World
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ACI World
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