22 Dec 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 22 DEC (NAMPA) The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) recently participated in the Airport Excellence (APEX) in Security programme.
This was done in efforts to mitigate security concerns and prepare for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) security audit in 2018, a statement issued by the airports company on Thursday said.
In order to promote safer airport operations and cooperation between ICAO, aviation stakeholders and airports worldwide, the Airports Council International (ACI) developed the APEX in Security and APEX in Safety programmes.
As part of the security programme, ACI dispatches a security review team of experts to the host airport with the goal of improving security in specific areas of interest.
These areas amongst others include organisational set-up, perimeter protection, access control and passenger and cabin baggage screening.
The NAC last week hosted aviation officials from ACI, including APEX partners from the Airports Company South Africa, the Moroccan Airports Authority, Airports of Mauritius, the Dublin Airport Authority and Ghana Airports Company at the Hosea Kutako International Airport outside Windhoek.
Also in attendance were NAC stakeholders such as airlines, representatives of the Namibian Police Force and ground handlers.
The statement quoted NAC acting Chief Executive Officer Lot Haifidi as saying the initiative was the first of its kind in Namibia.
The programme will help to enhance security at local airports through increased knowledge of ICAO guidance, national regulatory standards, best practices and training needs.
Their observation was an eye opener for us and we take their recommendations seriously and now need to mobilise financial and human resources to hit the ground running in addressing the issues, Haifidi said.