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2 airports receive Aerodrome Certification and 6 airports receive SMS certification from DCA

14 November 2013

Sepang, 14 November 2013 - Two more airports under Malaysia Airports' management have received Aerodrome Certification and another six certified airports received the Safety Management System (SMS) certifications today after successfully underwent stringent audit by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

The six domestic airports which received SMS certification were Miri Airport (Sarawak), Tawau Airport (Sabah), Sultan Mahmud Airport (Terengganu), Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (Perak), Melaka Airport and also Kota Bharu Airport (Kelantan).

The SMS indicates conformance to all safety requirements and achieving continuous improvement in safety performance. These include the essential features of safety such as policy, strategy and planning and implementation as well as promotion, records, staff training and competency. It also certifies that the airports have successfully implemented the Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control (HIRARC) while the listing of Acceptable Level of Safety (ALOS) has conformed to the requirements of the DCA.

In the meantime, two airports Melaka Airport and Kota Bharu Airport received the Aerodrome Certification from DCA. The certification is a testimony that these airports have successfully completed the comprehensive audit for the certification.

The aerodrome certification meant the airports have met the stringent requirements based on Annex 14 Convention on International Civil Aviation. The objective of aerodrome certification is to establish a regulatory system to ensure that the facilities, equipment, services and operational procedures at certified aerodrome are in compliance with the Standard and Recommended Practices specified in the ICAO Annex 14 document.

Tanjung Manis Airport in Sarawak, assisted by Malaysia Airports Consultancy Services Sdn. Bhd. (MACS), the consulting arm of Malaysia Airports, also successfully passed the audit and received the Aerodrome Certification from DCA today. Only airports with Aerodrome Certification can qualify for SMS certification audit.

Altogether, Malaysia Airports has successfully managed to obtain both Aerodrome and SMS Certifications for a total of 16 airports under its management, comprising all five international airports and 11 domestic airports. These airports had to undergo an audit by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to achieve this certification. Apart from the audit, the airports have also completed specific documentation for submission to DCA. This is indeed another commendable achievement for Malaysia Airports.

With the certification, Malaysia Airports can demonstrate to the world that the airports placed high importance to safety. These airports will continue to undergo Annual Scheduled Inspections to ensure that the requirements of the certification are continuously met.

Malaysia Airports also launched the Runway Safety Team (RST) which programme was designed to improve runway safety by integrating the safety systems of the participating organizations. This is accomplished by identifying and managing runway safety risks in a collaborative, multidisciplinary way, and communicating safety issues to operational personnel. RST consists of representatives from key stakeholder organizations who meet periodically to review current and potential hazards within the airport environment.

KLIA was the first airport to establish RST in 2012, followed by four other international airports - Penang, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi. For 2013, Ipoh, Miri, Terengganu, Tawau and Kota Bharu successfully established RST.

The Aerodrome Certifications, SMS certification and the RST initiatives were Malaysia Airports' continuous effort to further enhance security and safety at all airports under its management. DCA requires Aerodrome certified airports to also be SMS certified while RST was introduced to follow International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Runway Safety Enhancement initiatives.

To further demonstrate its dedication towards airport safety and security, Malaysia Airports also launched the Manoeuvring Area Markings handbook and Apron Markings handbook. This handbook is produced in collaboration with the relevant Authority, DCA Airport Standards, and with reference from ICAO documents. The standard and recommended practices are intended as guidance for personnel engaged in the construction, operation and/or maintenance of aerodromes to be used at aerodromes operated by Malaysia Airports.

Malaysia Airports are always committed to ensure good safety management. This is shown through the establishment of a safety office, joint efforts with risk management and the business continuity programme, blending and complying with Occupational Health and Safety requirement.

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