GIS - 21 January, 2014: Airports of Mauritius Limited (AML) has decided to embark on the APEX (Airport Excellence in Safety) programme which aims at maximising operational efficiency while enhancing the safety standards of airports. In that context, the Chief Executive Officer of AML, Mr Serge Petit, signed yesterday a Declaration of commitment and collaboration with representatives of the APEX Review Team at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Plaine Magnien.
The APEX Team, comprising representatives from Airports Council International (ACI) World, ACI Africa, Airports Company South Africa, Aéroports de Montréal and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), will stay in Mauritius up to 24 January to conduct a safety review. The Team will further provide assistance in specific areas of interest such as runway safety, aerodrome certification, wildlife hazard management, emergency response, and contractual issues.
A Safety Management System (SMS) workshop will be held from 27 to 29 January for around 30 major airport stakeholders involved in the safety and efficiency of operations particularly on the airside. The aim is to bring synergy among stakeholders in the implementation of SMS initiatives while enhancing their knowledge and allowing them to pick up real change agents in view of enhancing security and safety systems.
The APEX in Safety Programme is based on ICAO standards as well as ACI best practices. It combines the mandate for regulatory compliance with the actual day to day operational needs of airports to maximise operational efficiency while enhancing the safety standards. Moreover, APEX provides several elements tailored to the individual needs of airports and proposes effective solutions geared towards upgrading the safety standing of the airports engaged in the Programme through hazards and risks reduction.
In his speech, Mr Serge Petit recalled that the vision of Government is to make of the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International airport a model in the region, adding that AML is continuously working towards raising safety standards. APEX in Safety programme endorses the commitment of the company in that respect, he said. According to Mr Petit, the APEX review translates the vision that modernisation of the airport should be in keeping with continuous focus on training, investment and implementation of standards and processes to achieve excellence in services offered.
According to him, a state-of-the-art security system is a key element to meet the complex security challenges of air travel. As such, excellence in airport operations is essential to achieving better and higher results. Referring to the advantages that APEX in Safety provide, Mr Petit said that it will offer ICAO, airlines and other stakeholders the assurance that adequate safety measures are in place. The Programme is a means to acknowledge that the SSR International Airport, through AML, is proactively taking measures towards improving its safety standing and becoming fully compliant with the applicable safety regulations.
The Chief Executive Officer highlighted that since the past five years, more than 40 billion rupees have been injected in the setting up of the airport infrastructure, namely the new terminal and new taxiway, amongst others. Several infrastructural projects such as the construction of a new control tower, two new larger parking for bigger aircrafts and a new receptorium as well as the refurbishment of the old passenger terminal are in the pipeline.
For his part, the Acting Director of Civil Aviation, Mr S. Kinnoo, said that civil aviation has become a new pillar of the economy and is playing a leading role in the development of the country. He recalled that Government is committed to safety at all levels and that the APEX in Safety programme will ensure enhanced level of safety.
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