Civil aviation experts exploring ways to manage air traffic growth

Monday, March 26, 2018

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THE International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) projects that air traffic will double by 2030, but says aviation authorities globally have been exploring ways to manage air traffic growth and additional passenger movement through airports, becoming more reliant on technology.

Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, which are among nations exploring ways to deal with the increased air travel, met with stakeholders from other regions this week for the inaugural Civil Aviation Cyber Security Workshop at the MBJ Airports Limited's training facility in Montego Bay, St James.

Director of planning, research and evaluation at the Ministry of Transport and Mining, George Nicholson, who addressed the workshop's opening ceremony, said that the ever-changing nature of civil aviation threats has become increasingly evident as technology across the world advances.

“A growing concern from aviation security experts within Latin America and the Caribbean is the threat of cyberterrorism and other cyber-related crimes, and our ability to adequately respond to critical incidents of this nature,” Nicholson said.

At the International Civil Aviation Organization's Aviation Security and Facilitation Regional Group 5th Meeting, which was held in Lima, Peru, in June 2015, it was the Jamaican contingent that raised the concern and presented the working paper on cyber security threats.

Member states agreed that as part of the regional strategic plan, cyber security awareness training for the region should be developed.

According to Nicholson, the workshop was developed to enable participants to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills that will assist them in meeting the ICAO recommendations regarding the protection of critical aviation information systems against cyber incidents.

Seventeen representatives from across the Caribbean, Central America and the United States of America participated in the four-day workshop, which ended Friday.

It was hosted by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, in association with the Organization of American State's Inter-American Committee against Terrorism and MBJ Airports Ltd.

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