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India: ICAO set to audit Chennai International Airport

The Chennai airport – considered to be the fourth busiest airport in India – is gearing up to be audited by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) next month.

A four-member team from the ICAO is expected to take a close look into every facility at the airport along with policies and equipment that is related to security.

“They will see if internationally prescribed norms are being followed, including regulatory framework, passenger and baggage security, training of security personnel, the entire airport operations and security aspects of aircrafts as well,” an official who had knowledge of the event said.

The Airports Authority of India and airline officials began preparations for this audit a month ago and to properly assess if they could resolve any current issues.

Officials revealed that around 300 CCTV cameras were installed at the cargo area and now, they also plan to cover the city side, which is the area outside the terminals of the airport, with another 400 cameras in the next three months.

“Some areas inside the terminals have not been covered now, but we will install them in those places as well,” another official who asked to remain anonymous, disclosed.

In November of last year, the ICAO relayed that it was pleased with the air safety system that was established by the Director General of Civil Aviation after an initial audit.

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