Published on : Tuesday, December 8, 2020
MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management, has successfully completed its fourth full-scale emergency exercise at Doha International Airport (DIA). The exercise was conducted on the 3rd of December at Doha International Airport with several government agencies, partners and stakeholders taking part, including Qatar Airways Group, Amiri Flight, Qatar Executive, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Qatar Aviation Services, Airport Customs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Transport & Communications, Qatar Civil Defence, Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Qatar Red Crescent Society and Qatar State Agencies.
The emergency exercise was arranged and orchestrated by MATAR at Doha International Airport, in compliance with the requirements established by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). MATAR is responsible for ensuring that the Airport Management Systems and Emergency Preparedness meet the exact requirements of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Licensing Standards.
To ensure participant safety, precautionary measures against the pandemic were implemented, including COVID-19 PCR testing for participants 48 hours prior to the exercise and the distribution of personal protective equipment. To adapt to the latest safety guidelines, the Emergency Operations Center and the Crisis Media Center were virtually activated for the very first time, with the incident management team virtually participating.
This year’s emergency exercise scenario tested how effectively all airport partners, stakeholders, and government agencies respond to a grounded aircraft emergency at Doha International Airport. It demonstrated the participants’ crisis readiness and effectiveness of communications, responses, procedures, and designated facilities for the aircraft incident. The exercise also measured how well the different stakeholders coordinated together to ensure the best crisis management procedures are implemented.
Commenting on the successful completion of DIA’s fourth emergency exercise, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, said: “MATAR ensures that the protection of passengers and employees is always prioritized, while safeguarding business continuity. The success of this emergency exercise demonstrates our safety preparedness, operational excellence, and the effective coordination between all stakeholders. I would like to thank all our partners for their valuable support and for another well organised and successfully executed emergency exercise.”
The last emergency exercise held at DIA was the ‘Oryx Foxtrot 2018’. The exercise aimed to test DIA’s readiness, capabilities, and collaborative spirit in handling aircraft accidents such as collisions. The successful completion of the exercise demonstrated the effectiveness of DIA’s strategic response to identify, address and monitor potential risks as part of the airport’s resilient business continuity management plan.