Queenstown and Wānaka airports show commitment to safety and security during Airport Safety Week

Queenstown Airport Airside Drivers attend a staged scene to recreate first response actions

Media release from Queenstown Airport Corporation
16 October 2020
Queenstown and Wānaka airports show commitment to safety and security during Airport Safety Week

Next week Queenstown and Wānaka airports will join airports across New Zealand and Australia taking part in the annual Airport Safety Week (19-23 October 2020).  The event is an initiative of the NZ Airports Association (NZAA) and the Australian Airports Association (AAA).

This is the fifth year Queenstown and Wānaka airports have taken part.  A programme of events across both sites has been designed to engage with employees, contractors and businesses operating at the airports

General Manager, Operations and Safety, Mike Clay said: “Safety is our number one priority and Safety Week provides us with an important opportunity to collaborate, share knowledge, refresh our skills and learn new things. We have planned sessions aimed at getting people from across the airport community together and participating.  Our seventeen activities showcase what our various airport teams do day-to-day whilst providing further education and highlighting the importance of safety and security,”

“This year we are also co-hosting some online interactive sessions with Dunedin and Invercargill airports as part of the Southern Airports Alliance.”

The Queenstown and Wānaka programme of events includes sessions with professionals from various aviation, emergency management and health and safety disciplines, some of which will also focus on COVID-19.

Interactive sessions to kickstart the event on Monday include a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) walk at the Queenstown Airport main terminal apron to learn how to identify potential hazards as well as a sterile area awareness and treasure hunt session in the afternoon, to provide an insight into Aviation Security.

Other highlights will include the opportunity to see how Aviation Security’s Explosive Detector Dog Unit works, a collaborative breakfast BBQ, a fire safety presentation, an interactive automated external defibrillator (AED) workshop, a landside security activity and financial wellness workshops.

Safety at Queenstown and Wānaka airports

The health, safety, security and wellbeing of our team, airport community, customers and contractors are our highest priority.

QAC is committed to achieving Zero Harm.  We prioritise a safe aviation operational environment and a ‘just culture’ framework and encourage site-wide incident reporting, which is a positive indicator of a strong safety culture.  QAC’s health, safety and security commitment policy is reviewed annually and we take a highly collaborative approach with our staff, stakeholders, contractors and tenants to continue to improve our health, safety and security performance.

Get involved

Keep an eye on our Social Media channels (@QueenstownAirport and @WanakaAirport) for real-time updates throughout the week.  More information on Airport Safety Week is available at www.airportsafetyweek.com
For more information please contact:
Phone:  + 64 27 839 6258
Email:  media@queenstownairport.co.nz