It has been an exciting time for Cardiff Airport, which has resulted in passenger growth, new destinations and improvements to the customer experience. Our main priority, however, remains the safety and security of our staff and passengers and so it was our pleasure to support and get involved with UK Airports Safety Week 2017.
We rolled out a week of activities and events to engage our staff, customers and the local community in partnership with a number of organisations and charities including Melanoma UK, NATS, South Wales Police and many more. Our friend ‘Cochyn’ – the Llanelli Scarlets mascot – was on hand all week to ensure everything went to plan and everyone had fun!
Our CEO Deb Barber opened proceedings on Monday 8 May in the check-in hall with a ribbon cutting and a short speech to staff and customers, the rest of the day saw a wealth of activities including:
– Bystander CPR demonstrations – Security Agent and experienced first aider Jeff Haines gave some practical demonstrations to staff and customers in check in on what to do in the event of a first aid emergency.
– NATS tour – what keeps us safe? The team in charge of our air traffic control tower offered staff an exclusive briefing as to what helps keep the skies above South wales moving!
– Airside FOD plod – The airfield operations team took staff out onto the airfield to teach them about the importance of maintaining a clear and safe aerodrome – with prizes to give away for the best FOD (foreign object debris) spots!
– UK Border Force – the team in charge of maintaining our borders held a stand in our terminal on Day 2 of Airports Safety Week to inform our customers on important matters like Human Trafficking and FGM.
– Staying safe on holidays – South Wales Police talked to our excited customers about their upcoming holidays, with handy hints and tips on how to ensure our passengers stay safe and protect their belongings while abroad – plus what to do if something does go wrong.
– Dispatcher for a day – our Swissport team offered staff who aren’t based on the airfield the opportunity to oversee and take part in dispatching a flight from start to finish!
– Pushback! There’s nothing quite like getting an aircraft ready for departure. It was great to offer staff a chance to sit in the vehicle that pushes a 737-800 off its stand before it heads for the runway. With headphones on to hear the pilot and a complete walk through by Swissport staff. Fascinating!
– Occupational Health – our QSHE team positioned a stand in the Staff Canteen to talk to employees about important everyday matters at work like personal safety, occupational health and staying well!
– Storm Aviation –leading international line maintenance and training provider offering support for commercial aircraft operators joined our activities by offering staff an aircraft safety check. A walk and talk on the do’s and don’ts!
The end of the working week saw a special treat for our friends at St Nicholas Primary School. A class of excited pupils came down to Cardiff Airport for a full day of airport safety fun. From fire engine demonstrations to first aid training and fun talks they had a wonderful day learning all about day to day life at a busy airport.
– SKCIN care – A busy day for holiday makers, the weekend was off to a flying start with information and screening offered by Cardiff & Vale University Health Board’s Dr Rachel Abbott and the SKCIN team. Holidays are great, but staying safe in the strong sun is very important!
– Food and drink – our food and drink suppliers SSP, who run Caffi Cwtch, The Beer House and Ritazza in the terminal were on hand in departures to give away free tasters and advise our customers on different dietary needs such as dairy intolerances and the gluten free meals on offer. Yummy!
As the sun went down on Airport Safety Week 2017, we kept the focus on airfield safety out of hours by offering staff exclusive night time tours of the runway. To experience a runway inspection and know what to look out for after night falls, giving staff on shift an added bonus experience!
What a busy week it was, with so many partners involved and an even bigger focus on the event in 2017 than ever before. We had a ball and can’t wait to get the engines running for Airports Safety Week 2018.