18 November 2014, Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo International
Airport, together with various of its stakeholders participated in an emergency
simulation exercise earlier today.
More than 380 people from Airports Company South Africa, South African
Airways (SAA), the South African Police Service (SAPS), Air Traffic Navigation
Services (ATNS), CAA, Ekurhuleni Emergency Services and other entities were part
of the exercise.
The five-hour exercise was set to test the airport and its stakeholders’
emergency plans, procedures and level of preparedness, in case of a major scale
event. This exercise is in line with mandatory aviation and airport requirements
to test the airport’s readiness, at least every two years.
Twenty evaluators from relevant agencies observed the entire simulation as
the situation unfolded.
Commenting on the effectiveness of the exercise Phindiwe Gwebu, Manager
Communications, SACAA said: “the exercise was managed in compliance with the
emergency response plans of each stakeholder. The response to the emergency by
all services was very prompt and well-coordinated.”
Kris Reddy, Assistant General Manager, O.R. Tambo International Airport said,
“This type of large scale exercise is very important as it gives emergency
services and personnel valuable hands-on experience, which they can learn from
and implement for any major incident that could occur at the airport or within
For more information, please contact:
O.R. Tambo International Airport
Direct: +27 (0) 11 921
Cell: +27 (0) 82 332 3935