Labega and de Weever see benefits in aerodrome workshop

POSTED: 06/12/12 12:47 PM

St. Maarten – Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company Regina Labega says the airport stands to benefit immensely from a workshop for aviation professionals from the Caribbean, North America and The United Kingdom. Thirteen employees of the Princess Juliana International Airport are participating in the workshop, which is being conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United States Federal Aviation Authority, and the facility will be used as a proverbial case study for simulated inspection activities by the participants at the end of the week.

“The main purpose of airport inspection is safety; safety of all airport users and of the facilities themselves. This involves everything that would make passenger movement fluid, less risky, and contributes eventually to enhanced security of individual passengers as well as the airport community at large. PJIAE takes the issue of safety and security very seriously. In this post 9-11 world in which we live, nothing can be too much in ensuring that everyone who uses the airport has a pleasant experience, which means that we cannot compromise their safety and security.

The contents of the workshop program speak to several of the issues airports all over the world, and in particular, in our Caribbean Region, face,” Labega said.

Secretary General within the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications Miguel de Weever pointed that the country itself will also benefit from hosting the workshop.

“It will help us to conduct inspections at the aerodrome and develop effective procedures and safety management systems for the aerodrome,” de Weever told those gathered for the five day workshop.

Some of the areas to be covered in the workshop include inspection procedures, airport personnel training records and proficiency, fuel safety, wildlife hazard management and obstruction and public protection.

ICAOs Regional Officer for Aerodromes Jaime Calderon aerodrome operators said that it is important for the airport to meet the obligations of terms and conditions set out in the aerodrome certificate offered by ICAO and FAA.  To prove compliance, inspectors consistently evaluate the treatment of international standards at major hubs.  In this regard, Calderon thanked the Government of St. Maarten and the Civil Aviation Authority for hosting the workshop.

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