Aviation Security

The Aviation Security and Facilitation Directorate  (ASFD) carries out  the supervisory, administrative, and other expert activities related to implementation of inspection oversight, auditing measures and tests for all entities applying security measures under the Decree Law 13/2018 ( Aviation Security), National Civil Aviation Safety Program(NCASP) and security-related regulations, as well as the entities performing civil aviation security training, and   cooperates and advices on customs and immigration facilitation procedures in accordance with best practice;

The mandate of the Aviation Security and Facilitation Directorate relates to the security of airports, air operators, cargo, as well as the oversight of aviation security training organisations.

Security oversight involves inspections and audits of airports, air carriers, cargo agents, airport suppliers and suppliers of in-flight services.

The Directorate formulates and implements the norms, standards, procedures and criteria, and technical guidance in the field of security and facilitation.

In order to discharge its allocated functions/responsibilities, described under AACTL internal regulations, the Aviation Security and Facilitation Directorate headed by Director/Chief Inspector, is divided in 2 Departments managed by Department’s Managers/Inspectors:

  • “Aviation Security and Facilitation”
  • “Quality Control”

In order to comply with its allocated functions, the Aviation Security and Facilitation Directorate:

  1. Develops and maintains the aviation security regulations and advice on customs and immigration security procedures in accordance with best practice;
  1. Develops and maintains the National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP), National Civil Aviation Facilitation Programme (NCAFP), National Civil Aviation Security Training Programme (NCASTP) and National Civil Aviation Quality Control Programme (NCAQCP);
  2. Implement the quality control programmes to ensure the achievement of national civil aviation security programme and national civil aviation facilitation programme;
  3. Approves the Aviation Security Programmes for airports, commercial air transport operators, catering operators, ground handling and security-training organizations, and ensure the full implementation through regular inspections or audits;
  4. Coordinates security and facilitation measures and procedures with appropriate organizations and agencies;
  5. Supports the National Civil Aviation Security and Facilitation Committee;
  6. Ensures that the persons implementing security controls are appropriately trained and possess all competencies required to perform their duties, and provided with the necessary facilities, including office space, telecommunications equipment, appropriate security equipment and training facilities;
  7. Prepares the reports on deviations from internationally adopted aviation security-related standards;
  8. Keeps under the constant review the level of threat to civil aviation operations and establish and implement policies and procedures to adjust relevant elements of NCASP, based on a security risk assessment
  9. Cooperates and maintains the intelligence network with domestic and international Security Authorities and Agencies relating to threat to civil aviation;

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