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Malaysia Airports Provides Training For Basic Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting To Male' International Airport

29 March 2011

Sepang, 29 March 2011 - A total of 20 personnel of GMR Male' International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (GMIAL) today completed their training in Basic Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) course, which was conducted by Malaysia Airports. This is part of Malaysia Airports' commitment in managing the Male' International Airport in Maldives.

The Basic ARFF training programme for the ARFF recruits of GMIAL was conducted over a period of three and a half months. The training programme comprised classroom lectures and practical exercises held at the Malaysia Airports Training Centre, Penang from 16th December 2010 to 11th March 2011. This was followed with crash fire rescue and fire fighting for aircraft emergencies and building fires, as well as On-Job-Training at KLIA from 12th March 2011 until completion.

During the passing out parade to mark the completion of the training, two trainees were awarded as Best Student in Academic and Best Student in Field Training respectively.

Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: "This is part of our responsibility in operating and managing the Male' International Airport and we are very pleased to witness the first batch of ARFF personnel completing their training today. We will continue to provide airport operation related trainings from time to time in order to ensure that the workforce of Male' International Airport is equipped with the right skills and knowledge required for the smooth and efficient operation of the airport."

Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad congratulated all the ARFF personnel on the successful completion of their training. He was confident that the training which is in accordance with the ICAO standards and guidelines will assist the ARFF personnel of Male' International Airport to address any emergency situation at their airport.

Also in attendance were Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris Othman, Chairman of Malaysia Airports and Mr. Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive Officer GMIAL.

To date, besides the Male' International Airport, Malaysia Airports has successfully conducted the Basic ARFF training programme for new ARFF recruits from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad and from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

Malaysia Airports won the bid to undertake, execute and implement the rehabilitation, expansion, modernization, operation and maintenance of the Male' International Airport in the Republic of Maldives together with its partner GMR in June last year. The concession to develop, operate and manage the Male International Airport is for 25 years with an option for an extension of 10 years.

With its tourism potential and exponential growth in passenger movement, the airport is extremely profitable with a high revenue model. Male' is the prime destination for tourist traffic from Europe in the entire region.

GMR and Malaysia Airports have extended its wings to operate and manage 4 airports overseas namely the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Turkey and the Male' International Airport in Maldives.

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