Thursday, December 03, 2009

Kuching International Airport among the country’s safest airports

KUCHING: The Kuching International Airport (KIA) is among the best nationwide in the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) management system.

In its 26 years of operation, there have been no major incidences reported at KIA’s airside area and last Aug 24, it received the Safety Management System (SMS) Certificate from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAB) operations senior general manager Datuk Azmi Murad said KIA had received the SMS Certificate ahead of Singapore’s Changi Airport.

“It is our priority to achieve a zero-level incidence rate. For every 1,000 aircraft movements, our incidence rate now is only about 0.0053 per cent.

“Considering that KIA handles an average of 100 movements per day, the volume is 36,500 yearly. Based on our incidence rate of 0.0053 per cent daily, annually our incidence rate is 0.193 per cent, which is still below 1 per cent. That is the benchmark that we will measure on,” he said at the launching of the ‘Apron Safety Campaign 2009’ yesterday.

Azmi pointed out that besides KIA, only four other international airports in the country lived up to that benchmark.

He explained that an airport’s achievement is not only measured by the number of passengers, aircraft and cargo handled every year or awards won, but also the safety aspect of its operations.

He added that airports must be in compliance with the regulations set by regulatory bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI) and DCA.

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