Airport Operators Association launches UK Airports Safety Week 2018

15 May 2018

The Airport Operators Association has launched the third annual AOA UK Airports Safety Week, which is supported by the Civil Aviation Authority.

 The Airport Operators Association has launched the third annual AOA UK Airports Safety Week, which is supported by the Civil Aviation Authority.

This week, the AOA UK Airports Safety Week 2018 will engage, inspire and educate everyone who travels or works in aviation about airports’ safety culture and philosophy. UK airports have an excellent safety culture, which depends on the successful collaboration of many different partners. Whether landside or airside, the commitment of every player is essential to the delivery of the safest possible environment for all.

The AOA UK Airports Safety Week will show that airport safety is an integral part of the communities that airports serve, both by providing a safe and enjoyable travel experience to passengers as well as by providing important employment opportunities, including through apprenticeships.

Airports across the UK are running multiple events every day. Examples of these activities at Belfast International Airport are:

  • Northern Ireland Health & Safety Committee meeting and airport tour
  • Visits from local schools
  • Runway and airfield walks to look for Foreign Object Debris (FOD – any object that should not be there)
  • Familiarisation visits to Air Traffic Control for staff
  • Ground Handling demonstrations

 Chief Executive of the AOA, Karen Dee said: “UK aviation safety is among the best in the world, thanks to the hard work of everyone working in and around our airports. AOA UK Airports Safety Week will bring all this behind-the-scenes work out into open, demonstrating to the public and airport users how we have created the safety culture that has led to our excellent track record. 

“Safety affects everyone at airports, whether you’re a passenger or a staff member of an airline, airport or ground handler, just like it would do in a town or city. If we get it right, much of airports’ hard work will go unnoticed by passengers and staff alike. 

“AOA UK Airports Safety Week will be an opportunity to learn more about everyone’s role and contribution as well as a chance to say thanks to the many thousands of workers who make UK aviation and airports one of the safest in the world.”

Graham Keddie, Belfast International Airport Managing Director said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the AOA UK Airports Safety Week to highlight the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure our airport is safe for everyone. The team here have put together a great week of workshops and events to demonstrate how the sector is not only working for the safety of passengers and staff today but also preparing for the future.”


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