The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airports Council International (ACI) have announced a new agreement aimed at reinforcing cooperation on airport security.
The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will see the UN aviation agency working more closely with ACI 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.
ICAO’s Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu explained: “This new agreement establishes a framework for cooperation which will help to improve airport security worldwide. 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.
ACI World Director General Angela Gittens adeed: “I would like to thank Dr. Liu and ICAO for their unwavering support of APEX. 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.”