KIA wins safety award

BY: Daily Graphic
Ms Angela Gittens, Director-General of ACI, presenting the plaque to Mr John Dekyem Attafuah (middle), MD, GACL
Ms Angela Gittens, Director-General of ACI, presenting the plaque to Mr John Dekyem Attafuah (middle), MD, GACL

The Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has been adjudged ‘Best Improvement in Safety’ in the Airports Council International (ACI) Safety Award.

The award was presented at the ACI World Conference and Annual General Meeting held in Mauritius in October, 2017.

The ACI safety award recognises the achievements of airports of different sizes across Africa and is presented to the airport that has demonstrated their commitment to providing excellence in safety and compliance practices.

The KIA won the award after an extensive screening process from a number of entries in the category.

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The commendation

Presenting the award, the Secretary General of ACI Africa, Mr Ali Tounsi, said: “An assessment relating to aviation safety and airport infrastructure was evaluated based on International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards, national regulations and ACI best practices.”

He, therefore, congratulated the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) on the achievement.

“GACL has demonstrated significant commitment towards improving its safety standards by adopting a positive response to the recommendations made, following the Airport Excellence (APEX) review,” he stated.

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Promoting safer airport operations

The Board Chairperson of the GACL, Mrs Oboshie Sai-Cofie, received the award on behalf of the company and said, “the award could not have come at a better time than this, as GACLcelebrates its 10th anniversary.”

She noted that in 2015, the GACL subjected KIA to an APEX review programme in pursuit of promoting safer airport operations, by combining the mandate for regulatory compliance with day-to-day operational needs to maximise operational efficiency.

This was done through cooperation with ACI, the ICAO, aviation industry stakeholders and benchmarking airports worldwide to ensure safety. 

She said the company would continue to dedicate itself to promote a culture of continuous improvement in safety to gain competitive advantage and optimise operational excellence.