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21 November 2017

Results of AACO 50th AGM



Industry Efforts

The industry continues to work with regulators on initiatives to enhance and optimize air transport security, such as risk-based approach to passenger security, mutual recognition of security measures which leads to one-stop security for transiting passengers, and supply-chain cargo security. 

In addition, the industry in collaboration with ICAO continues its advocacy efforts to states with regards to using global standards related to API and PNR data. Those requirements are increasing exponentially in the world, with states requiring data in different formats and transmission standards which are costing airlines hefty amounts of money with no obvious security benefit: Any non-standard element must be programmed manually with comprehensive testing between the airline and the governments’ systems. The cost per airline system per program for an additional data element is USD 50,000 on average. Therefore, the development of a new transmission approach can cost an airline millions of dollars.

Global Solutions for a Global Business

AACO believes that aviation is a global business, and therefore aviation security cannot be regulated only at state level where individual measures would only result in threat proliferation; instead, threat assessments and mitigation measures should be discussed and agreed upon globally under ICAO framework.

 In addition, security processes and procedures should be harmonized throughout the supply chain whereby all stakeholders collaborate to increase the effectiveness of the security system in order to guarantee the safe transport of passengers and freight from the point of origin until the destination, while at the same time looking into means to simplify the complexity of security procedures for the common passenger. 


Regional Collaboration to Strengthen Aviation Security and Facilitation

The Global Ministerial Aviation Summit, held in Riyadh on 31 August 2016, under the theme of safety and security, resulted in the adoption of the “Riyadh Declaration on Aviation Security and Facilitation in the ACAC and ICAO MID Regions”. The declaration, which was signed by 16 Arab states, paves the way for regional collaboration to further enhance aviation security and facilitation in the region.

AACO 49th AGM acknowledged the adoption of the Riyadh Declaration and called upon stakeholders to work together to formulate and implement a regional security and facilitation plan that delivers the provisions of the declaration.


Please click here to read AACO’s 49th AGM resolution on this matter.

Please click here to read the Riyadh Declaration


Cybersecurity is a topic that is gaining momentum in the air transport industry. All stakeholders acknowledge the requirement to safeguard their systems and data against cyber threats. ICAO Annex 17 includes two recommendations on measures related to cyber threats. Moreover, ICAO held a global symposium on cyber security in Dubai which resulted in adoption of the “Declaration on Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation” which include provisions to enhance cyber resilience and collaboration among stakeholders to safeguard aviation against cyber attacks.

Please click here to read the final draft of the Declaration


Unruly Passengers

Unruly passengers are becoming an increasing concern for airlines. IATA estimates that on average 70 flights every day are faced with unruly behavior which result in heavy financial burden on the airlines in delays and diversions, and in disturbing the experience of other passengers on-board. Please check our page on Montreal Protocol 2014 – MP14 to read more on this issue.


Last updated on 05 June 2017

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