IATA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao (AACM) regarding civil aviation and ground operations safety.

The deal sets out that both parties will cooperate in a variety of activities, including sharing expertise and best practices in aviation safety, exchanging information around specific aviation safety requirements, and participating in projects in the area of aviation safety and audit programs.

The MoU involves two projects in particular. The first is the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program. IOSA is a mechanism designed to improve airline operational safety, enhance efficiency, and aims to complement the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) through assessing air operators.

The objective is to reduce and eliminate redundant audits for airlines by allowing AACM to reference and utilize IOSA to complement AACM’s oversight and audit activities.

The second project is the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) program, which is one of the mechanisms designed to improve ground operations.

The objective is to reduce and eliminate redundant audits for both airlines and ground handlers by allowing AACM to reference and utilize ISAGO to complement AACM’s own oversight and audit activities.

The MoU was signed on August 7 by Gilberto Lopez Meyer, Senior Vice President, Safety & Flight Operations at IATA and the AACM’s President, Chan Weng Hong.

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