Glasgow Prestwick Airport this week showed our on-going commitment to aviation safety by joining airports all over the UK in taking part in the third Airports Safety Week – an initiative co-ordinated by the Airport Operators Association (AOA) and supported by UK regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), aimed at demonstrating commitment to safety achievement, innovation, development and learning.
UK airports have an excellent safety culture, which relies on the successful collaboration of many different partners. Whether landside or airside, the commitment of every player is essential to achieving the safest possible travelling environment.
In supporting this nation-wide safety drive, Glasgow Prestwick Airport colleagues attended a variety of workshops designed to equip them with an understanding of how different business areas contribute to the overall safety of the airport. Additionally, colleagues were able to learn essential lifesaving skills by taking part in training sessions that included how to administer CPR as well as operate the airport’s defibrillators. Other activities included airfield safety tours and an airside equipment safety demonstration involving a Bristow’s Search and Rescue helicopter, along with the airport’s own fire tenders and de-icing rig.
Jules Matteoni, Director Operations commented:
“Safety is at the core of successfully running our day-to-day operations and this week-long initiative offers all colleagues an ideal opportunity to learn vital lifesaving skills as well as see different business areas demonstrate the importance of safety within their environments.
“We’ve been delighted to once again support the AOA’s UK Airports Safety week and to raise awareness, educate and improve knowledge and enthusiasm for safety amongst all airport colleagues.
“Their safety, the safety of our passengers and other customers is essential to our business and I’m pleased to say that our impressive safety records prove that commitment.”
Chief Executive of the AOA, Karen Dee said:
“UK aviation safety is among the best in the world, thanks to the hard work of everyone working in and around our airports. AOA UK Airports Safety Week brings all this behind-the-scenes work out into open, demonstrating to the public and airport users how we have created the safety culture that has led to our excellent track-record.
“Safety affects everyone at airports, whether you’re a passenger or a staff member of an airline, airport or ground handler, just like it would do in a town or city. If we get it right, much of airports’ hard work will go unnoticed by passengers and staff alike.
“AOA UK Airports Safety Week offers the opportunity to learn more about everyone’s role and contribution as well as a chance to say thanks to the many thousands of workers who make UK aviation and airports one of the safest in the world.”
AOA Operations and Safety Director, Roger Koukkoullis said:
“The theme of the AOA UK Airports Safety Week is “Leading the way in airport safety”. UK airports are able to lead the way through working collaboratively across the whole airport and thus creating a culture that puts safety first.
“AOA UK Airports Safety Week promotes continued learning to improve on our already great track record. Activities organised by airports bring out that continuous safe delivery of the myriad of activities at an airport is influenced by many individuals and teams at airports, in control towers, on board aircraft and in the offices.”
“With record passenger numbers passing through UK airports, the AOA UK Airports Safety Week is an opportunity to demonstrate how the sector is not only working for the safety of passengers and staff today but also preparing for the future.”