Thursday, 23 August, 2012 – Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International and George FL Charles airports will be a lot safer and secured as airport managers benefit from training in quality control.
A five day Aviation Security workshop being hosted by the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) was held here in Saint Lucia from August 13 – 18,2012.
Over twenty five airport and security managers from St Lucia and other Caribbean countries are being engaged.
Chief of Ports Police Kennedy Francis says the training will ensure that Saint Lucia develops a National Quality Control programme to strengthen management of the airport facilities.
“We are mandated to design,test,inspect and audit our various systems and its one thing to have our security systems at the airports but we must ensure they are efficient and remain current so this training course helps us to do that by implementing various control mechanisms and conduct the oversight and report back to our main agency which is the Ministry of Civil Aviation,so defiantly we expect the training to redound to security strengthening at our airports within the region and not only here in Saint Lucia because we have Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados benefiting from the training as well”.
The Quality Control in Aviation Security training workshop is phase two of a similar exercise conducted in April this year.
The workshop seeks to ascertain whether the management systems at the country’s two airports are operating with optimum efficiency.
Workshop Facilitator Lee Longmire says the training ensures the operations at Saint Lucia’s airports are in accordance with international requirements.
“This particular training course help our partner nations develop quality control programmes that are specifically designed for Aviation Security,the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has developed procedures and requirements related to quality control programmes so we will use this workshop to teach the participants what is necessary in order to establish an adequate quality control programme that’s specific to Aviation Security”.
The one week Quality Control in Aviation Security training workshop was supported by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the United States government.