New ICAO/ACI training agreement to heighten airport safety, security, sustainability

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By Tobi Adetunji

The international Civil Aviation Organization has revealed that its latest agreement with ACI will heighten airport safety and sustainability.

The agreement which was signed earlier in the week by the duo of  ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar and ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira  on the occasion of the Airports Council International (ACI) Latin America and Caribbean/World Annual General Assembly, Conference, and Exhibition in Cancun.

According to the information obtainable on its website, the new ICAO-ACI agreement supports the effective implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and ACI best practices through the provision of enhanced airport training activities related to airport operations and management, encompassing both organization’s safety, security, and sustainability provisions.

Extolling the benefit confers by agreement, the ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar, said the  agreement establishes a dual ICAO-ACI recognition process for training organizations that are either the training arms of airports, or that have the delivery of airport operations and management training as their primary mandate.

He noted that “Organizations achieving this dual recognition will gain access to a strong framework enabling them to strengthen organizational development of staff, and ultimately improving the competencies of airport professionals. Recognized training organizations will also be able to expand their offering of training courses to their local and global airport networks and gain access to quality training solutions geared specifically to their needs.

“Implemented under the umbrella of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Programme (TPP), this dual recognition aims to ensure that training organizations are up to date in airport training, while promoting the delivery of courses using the latest technologies available and in accordance with airport best practices,” remarked Secretary General Salazar.

“This latest training initiative between ACI World and ICAO demonstrates our continued joint efforts to offer the highest quality of training through the global network ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS members. Such integration of training activities allows for better service to ACI members and ICAO Member States—not only to improve the competencies of airport professionals worldwide, but by working together, we can contribute towards the continuous improvement and development of the entire aviation ecosystem,” said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira.

“This alliance between ICAO and ACI World will also strengthen existing collaborative training programmes, such as the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) and the Airport Safety Professional (ASP) designation, which promote airport excellence in the industry.”