Australian and NZ airport communities join forces to show their commitment to safety


Thousands of airport employees at more than 150 airports and aerodromes across Australia and New Zealand will take part in Airport Safety Week from today.

The partnership between the Australian Airports Association (AAA) and NZ Airports Association will see airport staff join in a wide range of activities as they explore this year’s theme of ‘Our airport, our community’.

AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the week would encourage those taking part to share knowledge as part of a strong health and safety culture at their airport.

“Airports have a unique set of safety challenges, and the AAA is dedicated to ensuring the industry upholds the highest health and safety standards for everyone working at or visiting our airports,” Ms Wilkie said.

“Airport Safety Week gives all airport users the chance to work together to improve understanding and build collaboration on key safety issues.

“There are some great events taking place across Australia and New Zealand, providing staff and some members of the local community a unique insight into the safe operation of our airports.”

Airports will host a range of events based on the daily themes of human factors in safety, promoting a just safety culture, foreign object debris (FOD), wellness in the workplace and safety management systems.

Participants will look at how a wide range of roles contribute to safety, including biosecurity, customs and aerodrome reporting officers.

Organised tours of the airfield, air traffic control towers and aviation rescue firefighting stations will also be taking place.

Airport Safety Week’s highly anticipated FOD walk will take place on Wednesday and is a particularly popular event for airports across the country.

Airport staff from all sectors of the business will join forces to collect FOD from the airfield to highlight an important part of an airport’s safety procedures.

Established in 2014, Airport Safety Week raises awareness of the importance of airport safety.

Airport Safety Week takes place from 14-18 October. For more information, go to


11 October 2019


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