The concept of “Security Policy”, first introduced in 1999, cannot depart from the involvement of the entire “airport community”, because it follows the principle according to which each player undertakes, guarantees and supports the implementation of an acceptable safety level, according to national and international regulations.
In this sense, all the Bodies that operate at the airport on a permanent basis, work for security and take part in it. Among these, Airgest SpA, as manager of the Trapani Birgi Airport, must guarantee the compliance and application of the security regulatory requirements concerning infrastructures and operations set forth by the sector-specific regulations.
Furthermore, pursuant to the PNS, ed. 2015, Ch.1-Part A, and to previous international regulations, Airgest has divided the infrastructure into flight areas on one side and restricted areas on the other, installing electronic control systems to guarantee a total control of the areas open to the public and of the terminal areas reserved to passengers. Other particular aspects are access protection and control and the related logistic/operational/management processes, which compel the compliance with safety standards.
To this end, compliance with national and international regulations on security and with the internal procedures is required to all Airgest SpA employees, who, thanks to a recorded and capillary training, perform their activities while preserving and promoting security in all airport operations.
Airgest Security Policy translates into the following general objectives:
- compliance of the existing and new airport infrastructures with national and international standards, both in terms of design/constructions and in terms of efficiency/efficacy;
- drafting and continuous update of the operational procedures, so as to make them compliant with national and international provisions on security and operational efficiency;
- continuous staff training for each operational process, so that the activities carried out by each operator meet the safety, regularity and service quality requirements;
- effective implementation of proactive corrective actions in order to remove or minimize the risks;
- promoting a culture of security and raising awareness on the need to prioritize security in each operational decision, without prejudice to the coordination and involvement of the different public and private airport entities;
- involvement and employment of the necessary resources to guarantee the maximum level of security possible, for the benefit of the airlines and passengers passing through the airport.
With the recent Interministerial Decree no. 507/2012, Airgest was awarded a thirty-year total management contract. Pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 85/99, it became the provider of the security services, pursuant to ENAC provision no. 0001435/DIRGEN/VDG of 10.01.2006, ensuring compliance with regulations and reference procedures on airport safety.
In particular, pursuant to regulatory and standard provisions, the airport manager is responsible, along with other activities, for the management and administration of the airport infrastructures entrusted to it, and for the coordination and control of the activities of the different private operators present at the airport.
In compliance with art. 2 of M.D. 85/99, security services are entrusted to a security provider selected after a suitable public tender.
This service is guaranteed by the presence of certified private security guards over several shifts, whose training is governed by national and Community regulations, including special provisions for the implementation of common basic standards in order to protect civil aviation against act of unlawful interference which could compromise its safety.
The private security guards’ service is managed by the Technical Director of the security provider, who, in order to guarantee control activities allowing to reach the maximum level of quality and safety, always ensures the best coordination of the security stations, and the continuous presence of operators at the stations during the regular airport activities, on the basis of the scheduling requested by the manager. Furthermore, the Director is also responsible for making sure that the checks are carried out according to the applicable regulations on the matter, and, to the extent agreed with competent bodies, that they are implemented as set out, in compliance with the activity standards, and that the staff in charge of a certain activity is suitably trained/notified.