Airports Council International (ACI) has launched its first Airport Excellence (APEX) in Security pilot review at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius.
ACI is working with Mauritius Airport on the project, which will enable the fine tuning of the programme for future security reviews at airports around the world.
The APEX in Security programme is a peer review process that offers advice on best practice and identification of areas for improvement. The ultimate aim of the programme is to promote more secure airport operations worldwide. Airports of Mauritius Co Ltd. (AML) has asked ACI's APEX in Security team to perform the review, which will help them identify security gaps at their airports.
APEX in Security is run on similar lines to the popular APEX in Safety programme, now in its fifth year. It uses international standards and recommended practices, supplemented by implementation guidelines as its base, and supplements this with the expert views of seasoned practitioners from similar sized airports around the world. And just as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has strongly supported APEX in Safety, it has also provided strong support of APEX in Security. ACI Director General Angela Gittens and ICAO Secretary General Fang Liu signed a Memorandum of Understanding in late February which helps ACI and ICAO work together to deliver security reviews, offer technical assistance, develop programmes for airport personnel training and enhance regional partnerships.