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ACI Europe specialist conference and exhibition - organized in Ljubljana for the first time

Airports Council International (ACI) is the only international professional association of airports. With its headquarters for Europe in Brussels it represents the interests of more than 210 European airport operators at 450 airports from 48 countries, spreading all the way from Portugal to the eastern part of Russia and accounting for more than 90% of commercial flights in Europe. In 1998, ACI Europe members handled more than 907 million passengers, carried out 16.4 million aircraft movements and transported 12.3 million tones of cargo. That year, the members of the association out of their total income of ECU 12 billion invested ECU 3.5 billion in new airport facilities. Today, European airports directly employ more than 1.1 million people and many more benefit from their proximity providing additional employment.

Air traffic safety is undoubtedly one of the most rapidly developing areas of safety. It is only understandable that all countries must follow most strict safety criteria and standards. Why? Safe flights from one airport to another for all air travelers can only be ensured by means of a harmonized safety policy supported by state-of-the-art technology. Today, most of the airports throughout the world invest their efforts in designing integral safety systems that would minimize the possibility of various illegal interventions in air traffic.

Harmonization of safety measures, abidance by the determined standards /ICAO and ECAC/ as well as introduction and implementation of new safety technologies are part of a safety manager's everyday work at almost every airport. There are various types of training and exchange of experience, such as seminars, courses, congresses, visits, symposia and conferences.

ACI Europe as a professional association of airports follows the latest safety trends and at the same time takes into account additional requirements made by airport safety managers. On this basis it decided to annually organize a specialist conference on air traffic safety, accompanied by an exhibition of the state-of-the-art safety technology. Over the years, this conference has become the most important meeting of European experts in airport safety.

This year's host of ACI Europe specialist conference and exhibition was Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. The conference was held in the congress hall Cankarjev dom from 15 to 17 March, 2000. All delegates and speakers were airport managers in charge of safety and traffic.

The fact that Slovenia was selected for the venue of the conference is a special recognition to Aerodrom Ljubljana for all its efforts put in ensuring safety in the most efficient ways and with the support of state-of-the-art technology. Thanks to this Aerodrom Ljubljana can already boast a fully operational EDS system, which will enable a 100% safety inspection of checked-in baggage, although the deadline for this prescribed by the ECAC is 2002. Together with the implementation of various safety measures, supported by adequate technology, this is a firm basis for fulfilling requirements imposed by the so-called "one stop security" concept. When established, this concept will enable safer and faster journeys, since passengers will no longer have to go through safety checks at hubs. Such an integral safety system, places Aerodrom Ljubljana among advanced airports. Moreover, it is one of the rare European airports, which with its 100% safety inspection of checked-in baggage, has already met the above-mentioned standards and requirements.

Brnik, 17 March, 2000