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Best Safety Practices for Best Airport

06 December 2006

Sepang, 6 December 2006 - KL International Airport (KLIA) today organised its fifth Apron Safety Campaign in collaboration with the operating agencies at KLIA with the theme, Best Safety Practices for Best Airport.

This annual event officiated by Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris Othman, Chairman of Malaysia Airports and aimed at promoting safety in the Airside area especially and to inculcate a safe working culture to the ramp staff as KLIA is one of the safest airport in the world.

During this campaign, the apron users are exposed on a proper handling and management of all the equipments used at the apron area so as to safeguard the safety of the aircraft, crew and other workers, hence minimising the occurrences of accident.

"It gives me a great pride and pleasure to note the rate of airside incidents and accidents has gone down significantly and as November 2006 has recorded the lowest airside mishap in the history of this airport," said Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris Othman.

Aircraft-related incidents at KLIA has dropped from 10 incidents in 2005 to only 2 incidents in year 2006, a reduction of 80%. Non-aircraft related incidents also showed a reduction of 13.6% for year 2006 compared to 12% of previous year.

Safety aspect in the operation of the airports are very important and must complied in accordance to the regulatory-bodies such as International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Federal Aviation Authorities (FAA) and etc. Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) Act 1994, provides the legislative frame work to promote, stimulate and encourage high standards of safety and health at work. The long term goal of the act is to create a healthy and safe working culture among all the employees and employers and KLIA advocates this act strictly as a working culture. OSHA 94 is under Department of OSHA, Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia.

In year 2003, Airport Council International (ACI) carried out a survey on 73 ACI members airports with more than 70,000 aircraft movement annually. They measured the number of aircraft related incidences per 1,000 aircraft movement at participating airports. From this survey, ACI has established an Aircraft Ground Damage Index of 0.058.

Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris Othman added: "KLIA has shown another remarkable improvement in Aircraft Ground Damage Index. Up to November 2006, Aircraft Ground Damage Index for KLIA is 0.0022, the lowest since the airport opened in 1998."

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