Canadian airports participate in Safety Week 2023

An aerial view of Toronto Pearson International Airport
Photo Credit: Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Airports from coast to coast recently came together to participate in Airports Safety Week 2023, led by the Canadian Airports Council (CAC).

This event had a singular focus: ensuring the safety of passengers and employees within the aviation industry.

Sam Samaddar, the chief executive officer of Kelowna International Airport (YLW), emphasizes the paramount importance of safety in aviation.

He states, “Safety is at the core of our operations at YLW. We are dedicated to providing a safe environment for both our passengers and employees.”

Exterior view of Kelowna International Airport terminal.
Aviationrocks99, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A United Effort for Safety

Airports Safety Week is more than just a routine gathering; it’s a moment when the entire airport community comes together to demonstrate their commitment to safety.

Samaddar further adds, “Airport Safety Week brings the entire campus together; it shows collaboration of all operators here at YLW to ensure safety at the airport.”

A Week of Engagement

From September 18th to 22nd, YLW actively participated in a series of engaging presentations and discussions encompassing a wide spectrum of safety themes.

These sessions covered topics like airside safety, worker safety, security safety, hazard reporting, psychological safety, environmental safety, foreign object debris (FOD), and the impactful #NotInMyCity Campaign.

The primary goal of these sessions was to educate and engage airport staff on various safety aspects vital to their roles.

Exterior view of Edmonton International Airport
Photo Credit: Edmonton International Airport

The FOD Walk – A Highlight of the Week

One of the standout events of the week was the FOD walk. During this activity, airport staff walked the apron, meticulously identifying and removing any debris that could potentially pose safety risks to both aircraft and personnel.

Throughout the operational day, airport staff routinely conduct multiple FOD checks to ensure that the runways and aprons remain clear, thus mitigating any risks for arriving and departing aircraft.

A Shared Responsibility

Safety within the aviation industry is a shared responsibility. Canadian Airports Safety Week serves as an opportunity for delegates of Canadian airports to share ideas in order to create and maintain a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders.

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