Cardiff Airport has launched the second ‘UK Airports Safety Week’ in conjunction with the Airport Operators Association (AOA).
The airport-led initiative, which runs until 14th May will take place across over 50 UK airports and aims to promote and demonstrate the importance of safety to the airport team, visitors and customers alike.
From tours of Air Traffic Control, to tours of the airfield there is an opportunity to take part in a range of fun and educational activities over the duration of the week.
Staff are able to join in the pushback of an aircraft, drive a baggage truck and to shadow a despatcher on an aircraft turnaround. Foreign Object Debris (FOD) walks on the airfield to spot litter will also take place. Cardiff Airport’s Bird Control Unit will present on its in depth training programme as well as teaching children about the variety of birds living around the airport.
Pop-up stands featuring information on the increase in drones and laser attacks on airports will be showcased by South Wales Police showing the dangers of such activity near aircraft. UK Border Force will be running educational stands on FGM and human trafficking highlighting the issues.
There will be quizzes for adults and children, safety videos and presentations running throughout the week.
The event was officially launched by Cardiff Airport CEO, Deb Barber with the help of Cochyn the Dragon from Llanelli Scarlets, who will be on hand throughout the week encouraging customers to take part.
Deb Barber, CEO at Cardiff Airport said; “Safety and security is our number one priority and we are focused on building a strong safety culture, continually improving whilst maintaining regulatory compliance. Every team member plays a key part in understanding how individual roles impact on the performance of, and confidence in our safety and security delivery.
“I am delighted we are able to support the AOA Safety week for a second time, building on the success of 2016. The week is a great opportunity for us to engage with staff across the whole Airport and with our customers travelling through. The varied, interactive schedule is both educational and fun while showing the breadth of activity across the site. It is a great opportunity to see how much goes into running an airport and keeping both staff and passengers safe.”