Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) together with Tawau
and Sandakan airports received the Aerodrome Certification from the Department
of Civil Aviation (DCA) on 26-Jul-07, certifying that these airports has been
audited and meet the Aerodrome Certification requirement by International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This is a new mandatory requirement of ICAO, which
requires all international airports open for public use to provide uniform safety
conditions for all aircraft.
The certificate acknowledges that the airports have met the stringent requirements on Aerodrome Certification based on Annex 14 Convention on International Civil Aviation. This certificate confirms that:
- The airports have the necessary competency to ensure safety and efficiency of operations;
- The airports' Aerodrome Manual complies with the requirements of ICAO Document 9774;
- Infrastructure, Service and Facilities at these airports comply with the Annex 14 Convention on International Civil Aviation specifications and other specifications set by DCA;
- The aerodrome operations procedures comply to safety measures for aircraft operations.
The intention of aerodrome certification is to establish a regulatory system to ensure that the facilities, equipment and operational procedures at certified aerodrome are in compliance with the Standard and Recommended practices specified in the ICAO Annex 14 document.
The need for aerodrome certification arises due to rapid air transport growth, the increasing trend towards privatization of aerodrome and the increasing global concerns on aviation safety.
In the same event, all airports in Sabah, namely KKIA, Tawau Airport, Sandakan Airport, Lahad Datu Airport and Labuan Airport received the MS ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System from SIRIM QAS International.
The scope of registration for this certification is Management, Operations and Maintenance of Airport Covering Fire and Rescue Services, Aviation Security, Engineering and General Operations.
Dato' Seri Bashir said: "I am also proud to note that all of our international airports have been certified by DCA and SIRIM thus proving our commitment towards ensuring that the airports are following all necessary procedures in its daily operations."