Bengaluru: Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS), a joint venture between Air India Limited and SATS Limited has been awarded the TAPA (Transported Asset Protection Association) certification for its Bengaluru Cargo Terminal; making it the first Indian airport services provider to be certified for the highest security requirement i.e. TAPA Freight Security Requirements Class A.
Mr Willy Ko, CEO, AISATS, said that, “At AISATS, we have always been aiming to provide best handling services, keeping in mind utmost safety and security standards. Receiving the TAPA certification for our Bengaluru Cargo Terminal, only affirms our strict adherence to the highest international standards. TAPA certification process requires the company to pass a detailed independent audit of our physical premises, to ensure strict compliance with numerous Freight Security Requirements. We are proud to have successfully implemented these parameters in our processes,”
AISATS’ Bengaluru Cargo Terminal was certified by TAPA for adhering to TAPA’s stringent and high security standards for its warehouse operations, such as tight access controls, secure handling of high-value products, high-tech equipment for cargo handling, and installation of vital surveillance and alarm systems.
While honoring AISATS, Mr Jason Teo, TAPA Asia Chairman expressed, “TAPA Asia congratulates Air India SATS Airport Services Private Limited in attaining FSR certification. AISATS has shown their determination to secure the supply chain by using TAPA’s best-known methods written by Global Security Supply Chain Experts. The certification of the AISATS facility demonstrates leadership within the Supply Chain and is another great step forward for TAPA India.
TAPA members who make this type of investment into security were found to have three times fewer losses than non-TAPA members. The FSR is a new global security standard to protect high value consumer goods travelling on international roads and has been launched by TAPA to stamp out cargo crime levels involving attacks on vehicles estimated to cost in excess of US$10 billion per annum.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr Hari Marar, President of Airport Operations, Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL) said, “AISATS brings in significant contribution to the efficient operations of the Bengaluru International Airport and we take pride in our association with them. We are delighted to hear about the TAPA certification received by AISATS. This greatly reinforces our confidence in the cargo operations at this airport.”