Cardiff Wales Airport showcases strong team work during AOA Safety Week

Written by on 20th May 2024

The UK’s ninth annual airport’s safety week has come to a successful end at Cardiff and St Athan airports.

Both airports welcomed colleagues and partners to get an insight into day-to-day operations, including fire and airfield safety, between Monday 13 and Sunday 19 May.

School children from St Athan Primary attended the opening day of activities.

They had an inside look at our safety vehicles and engaged in activities with our fire service team – including extinguishing a fire.

The annual event, which is marked at airports across the UK, runs in partnership with Airport Operators Association (AOA) and is supported by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and aviation services provider, Leidos.

‘Save tomorrow with safety today’ was the slogan and various activities focused on working at height, a safe airside environment and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Business and Continuity week also ran alongside AOA’s safety campaign and teams incorporated themes across the week.

Airport teams and partners also learned about:
▪ Habitat management
▪ Bird control
▪ Pushing back aircraft with Swissport
▪ Dangers of lithium batteries
▪ Cyber security
▪ CPR and defibrillators

Spencer Birns, CEO of Cardiff Wales Airport, said:

“We’d like to thank Jane Hutt, the Vale of Glamorgan’s Member of Senedd and Welsh Government’s Chief Whip, for joining us at the opening ceremony last week.”

Ceri Mashlan, Operations Director at Cardiff Wales Airport, said:

“It is a pleasure to support the AOA’s UK Airports Safety Week for the ninth year. Safety and security is our number one priority at Cardiff and St Athan airports, where we are focused on maintaining our strong safety culture. Our teams have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in various activities across both airports and it was a privilege to welcome local school children, giving them an experience they will remember.”

Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association, the trade body for UK airports, added:

“Congratulations to everyone at Cardiff and St Athan airports for all their efforts during UK Airports Health & Safety Week. It has been bigger than ever, and that is thanks to you. Reaching out to staff, passengers, schools, and local communities, showing all the hard work airports do to ensure their safety every day, as you have done, is at the heart of why this week is important.”

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