Airport officials in training to beef up security & safety

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St.Kitts, 10th October, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Aviation officials in St. Kitts and Nevis and the OECs are taking steps to help better secure airports throughout the region.

They say they are working jointly to ensure that OECS states meet their mandates in keeping with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) doc 7300, which is the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

To this end,airport staff are now undergoing training in aviation safety and safety management, during the period Tuesday, 9th – Thursday, 12th October, 2018.

Key stakeholders from the Robert L Bradshaw and the Vance Amory International Airports in St.Kitts and on Nevis respectively, are currently engaged in the four-day training aimed at ensuring safety and security at the ports.

Over the next four days a number of topics will be covered. These include runaway certification,runaway inspection, runaway safety and safety teams, as well as general inspections of the runaway with respect to pavements.

The training is taking place at the Civil Aviation Conference Room, Bird Rock, St. Kitts, as a joint operation with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) and the Caribbean Aviation Security and Oversight System (CASSOS). It is the first of its kind in the Federation.

Royston Griffin,Head of the local Civil Aviation Department, outlined the aim of the training,noting that it is of extreme importance, and said, “The training is important to ensure safety within the workplace, safety at the airport and to ensure that there are no accidents or incidents that can occur from mishaps, as most mishaps usually occur from human error. So the whole idea is to bring us up to speed in terms of what is required by the ICAO Standards and recommended practices.”

He said, “We as a government, as a people, have a responsibility to ensure that there is safety, not only of passengers but the entire operations. If there is a problem it could affect our economy, our tourism product and the citizens on a whole,” said Mr. Griffin. “So as a state we have to do whatever it takes and ensure that we comply with all international standards and recommended practices.”

Photo:  Robert L. Bradshaw Airport