Fastjet to train airport officials on wildlife protection

Fastjet Tanzania, low cost carrier,  has entered into an agreement with a Netherlands-based wildlife company, AviAssist which will deliver training on wildlife protection to airport officials.

According to a statement issued, Fastjet East Africa General Manager, Mr Jimmy Kibati, said that Fastjet will hold the training at its head office in Dar es Salaam. 

He said the course would host a cross section of all stakeholders whose understanding and co-operation is crucial for the practical implementation of an airport wildlife management plan.

"The training will follow international guidance for its structure from the International Civil Aviation Organisation and leading regulators such as the United States Federal Aviation Administration," noted Mr Kibati.

During the announcement of the contract it was highlighted that despite the bountiful and attractive wildlife in the East African region, the presence of wildlife in and around airports poses a significant hazard and a challenge to aviation.

A number of airports in the East African region face major wildlife strike risks, partially because they find themselves near large bodies of water or on global bird migration routes. AviAssist helps airports and airlines pro-actively manage wildlife risks at and around airports. The Foundation works hard to make best safety practices available to aviation professionals in the region at or near their home base.

"All airlines must take measures to mitigate the hazards, and in order to ensure operations of the highest safety standards, fastjet continues to engage with aviation safety stakeholders, including AviAssit Foundation, to promote safety management in our operations," Mr Kibati said.

The AviaAsisst Director, Mr Tom Kok said that he is optimistic that his organisation will provide Fastjet and its partners the highest quality training and outstanding service, which customers expect and deserve.

"We have worked hard to secure this contract with this important new customer and are honoured that fastjet has selected AviAssist as the provider for this crucial training," said Mr Kok.

He added "As a contract from one of Africa's newest and most exciting airlines, it underscores the growing market reputation that AviAssist is building across Africa for the quality, cost-effectiveness and on time delivery of safety promotion services for which there are currently no feasible commercial alternatives."

He detailed that his organisation expects to create more business for the Foundation, business that in turn directly supports AviAssist's products such as the free SafetyFocus magazine and free Facebook groups for African aviation professionals.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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