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ACI, ICAO sign MoU for airport safety

By control on June 18, 2012

The International Civil Aviation Organization and Airports Council International have linked up to improve safety at airports worldwide. Under the MoU the organizations signed on June 15, ICAO and ACI will work together on technical assistance programs, support regional collaboration, exchange data and attain mutual access to each other’s databases.

The MoU also supports the development of the ACI Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety Programme, according to a press release. A resource to help airports spot and remedy potential safety risks, APEX incorporates information-sharing, training, and technical assistance.

Angela Gittens, ACI director general, said her organization’s partnership with ICAO will take APEX — and aviation safety, in general — to a higher level. Calling the MoU significant “for all of us who rely on a safe and secure global air transportation system, Gittens said ACI applauds the “leadership that ICAO has demonstrated for continuous improvement in the safety mission.”

Roberto Kobeh González, president of the council of ICAO, similarly praised the partnership, remarking on the tangible benefits that will be gleaned from it. “The memorandum that we [signed] provides a framework for enhanced cooperation between our two organizations and reflects ICAO’s continuing efforts to take a more action-oriented approach to promoting safety,” he said in a statement.

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