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Safety review of VC Bird airport

A team of professionals from Airports Council International (ACI) is currently on island conducting a review of the physical conditions of VC Bird International Airport.

The delegation arrived on island Monday to begin the week-long assessment.

It will be conducted under ACI’s new Airport Excellence in Safety (APEX) programme, which is designed to help airports worldwide identify and address safety vulnerabilities.

Head of the delegation John Pottinger told OBSERVER media the next five days will be spent looking at the lighting of the runway and environmental factors.

"We are looking at how those things are managed here and how we at ACI can help with best practices and suggestions for the airport," Pottinger said.

"We will look at rescue, fire fighting – the people in charge of fire and rescue, their equipment and training facilities," he added.

Once the review is concluded, recommendations will be made as to how procedures at the airport can be improved.

Antigua & Barbuda is the first country in the Caribbean to have an APEX review carried out.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority Stanley Smith, and chairman of the authority Patrick Ryan, have welcomed the group’s intervention.

Ryan said the main benefit of the exercise is to partner with ACI on other development programmes and training for airport staff.

The APEX safety programme was officially launched in September by ACI in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

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