Seminar empowers regional bodies

TRAINING seminars are vital to ensure bodies that maintain aerodromes in the Pacific are able to manage assets in a compliant manner.

The first Airports Council International (ACI) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Aerodrome Certification, Compliance and Auditing seminar in Nadi began yesterday with regional participants joining counterparts from Asia.

While opening the meeting, Airports Fiji Ltd executive chairperson Faiz Khan said the training was expected to benefit all participants.

“Aerodrome is your entire infrastructure, your runway asset, it needs to be compliant and you’ve got ICAO standards that need to be followed,” he said.

“By attending this seminar, participants will be able to know how to better manage those assets — that is very important — and as I have said earlier, the connectivity of the island states is important because of their isolation.

“It is important to ensure trade and tourism is enhanced in these countries. At the same time, it is very challenging because you’ve got a limited number of flights in and out of these countries and we look after a number of aerodromes in Fiji where we only have one flight in a week.

“We have a responsibility to the economy and outer island airports so we continue to maintain that and ensure we are compliant with ICAO standards.”

Mr Khan said they were committed to capacity build the people in the industry and the continuous improvement in aerodrome compliance, in accordance with ICAO standards and guidelines.

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