History has shown that airport operations are very often affected at times of emergencies, be it, civil unrests, earthquakes, water floods, volcanic activities, etc. Not only for airports located in the affected areas but other airports with flights serving these destinations suffer various degrees of disruption.
It is at this crucial moment that information sharing amongst airports is paramount and the airport community should act together to offer assistance to the affected airports as needed and at the appropriate time.
ACI Asia-Pacific, as the organization representing airports in the region, sees the need for a concerted, harmonized regime and hence introduced the “Emergency Cooperation Scheme” in 2014 to serve these two objectives.
The Emergency Cooperation Scheme (ECS) is an e-platform comprises two elements : Emergency Alerts and Assistance Available. Emergency alert messages are input / updated by the affected airports and are shown on top of the home page of the ECS. Assistance Available are input by airports who voluntarily signed up and offered to provide assistance to other airports.
Categories of Assistance
Noting that it is not possible to list out all eventualities of an emergency and estimate specifically what “assistance” will be required, the “Emergency Cooperation Scheme” generalizes "assistance" into the following 6 categories:
- Technical Expertise e.g. Professional personnels such as engineers, IT, Rescue and Fire Fighting experts.
- Heavy Machineries e.g. Aircraft Recovery Equipment, Aircraft Tractors, Cargo Loaders etc.
- Operational Equipment e.g. Trunk mobile radios, small generators, de-icing equipment etc.
- Personal items e.g. blankets, foldable beds, pillows, toiletries etc.
- Food and drinking water
- Others, any other items not falling into the above categories