Emirates sponsors GACL second quarter FOD Walk

Participants walking and collecting FOD at the airside, KIA

Participants walking and collecting FOD at the airside, KIA

Mr Manoj Nair, Emirates Regional Manager for West Africa, has said the Airline is committed to ensuring safety in its operations and pledged its continued support for the GACL’ Quarterly FOD Walk.

Mr Nair was speaking at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on Tuesday when Emirates presented 10 dustbins to the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) for use at the airside.

The presentation was part of a sponsorship for GACL’s second quarter Foreign Objects and Debris (FOD) Walk by Emirates’ Airport Services, with support from its Group Safety in Dubai.

Mr Nair said the initiative by GACL to organise the quarterly walk was laudable and had to be sustained and called on other stakeholders at KIA to support it.

Mrs Sylvia Baah, Emirates Airport Services Manager, said safety was key to the Airline as they saw it as their responsibility to ensure safety of their customers and would continue to support the GACL’s initiative.

Mr Benjamin Ahlijah, GACL Safety Manager, received the donation and thanked Emirates for supporting the FOD Walk.

“A safe flight starts from the ground and Emirates has shown the way” he said and assured the Airline that the bins would be used appropriately to help reduce FOD at the airside.

FOD Walk Participants and the FOD collected during the walk

FOD Walk Participants and the FOD collected during the walk

The GACL organises FOD Walks quarterly to pick up foreign objects and debris that would pose threats to aircrafts. Items such as polythene bags, bolts and nuts from vehicles and aircrafts, small stones, glass, cans, could damage an aircraft if they get sucked into it as it takes off or lands.

The walk is designed to cover the entire runway and airside to pick any of these objects that were there.

Participants in the walk include staff of Emirates Airport Services and its country office, GACL, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Virgin Atlantic, and other stakeholders at the airport. GNA

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