Canadian Airports Safety Week 2023

September 22, 2023
News release

Airports from coast to coast have been participating in Airports Safety Week 2023, led by the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) with a focus on passenger and employee safety.

“Safety is at the core of our operations at YLW. We are dedicated to providing a safe environment for both our passengers and employees.,” says Sam Samaddar, Chief Executive Officer, Kelowna International Airport.  “Airport Safety Week brings the entire campus together; it shows collaboration of all operators here at YLW to ensure safety at the airport.”  

During the weeklong event, which ran from September 18 to 22, YLW participated in a series of presentations and discussions covering a wide range of safety themes. Including Airside Safety, Worker Safety, Security Safety, Hazard Reporting, Psychological Safety, Environmental Safety, Foreign Object Debris (FOD), and the #NotInMyCity Campaign. These sessions aimed to educate and engage airport staff on various safety aspects critical to their roles. 

One of the highlights of the week was the FOD walk. Airport staff walked the apron, identifying and removing any debris that could potentially pose safety risks to aircraft and personnel. Multiple FOD checks are completed throughout the operational day by airport staff to ensure the runway and aprons remain clear for arriving and departing aircrafts.

Safety is a shared responsibility, and Canadian Airports Safety Week exemplifies the dedication of Canadian airports to creating a safe and secure environment for all. By fostering a culture of safety and continuous improvement, we aim to ensure that everyone is safe in our airport. For more information about Canadian Airports Safety Week, please visit


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