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Security Access & Egress in the Americas

The Security Access and Egress (SAE) project, a joint initiative by IATA and ACI, analyzes passenger flows with the aim of increasing efficiency, throughput numbers and improving passenger satisfaction at security.

Two airports in the Americas region have given positive feedback on the project:

Mexico City Airport

With 32 million annual passenger traffic and a forecasted growth of 9.3%, two terminals and 984 movements per day, Mexico City Airport may be looking to construct a new third terminal in the next few years. The Airport Authority (AICM) was very satisfied with the relevance of an onsite SAE.

The formal feedback received was that AICM commits to deploying the short and long term recommendations made and taking a further look at the detailed SAE report with the purpose to incorporate best practices. In addtion, the airport is in the process of obtaining ISO 9001 compliance certification in key areas, including in the security checkpoint facilitation.

Costa Rica Airport

Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) receives approximate 4.3 million passengers, most of them from international flights with an average of 80% tourist and 20% domestic travelers. SJO is expected to grow at a rate of 4% forcing a new master plan construction by the end of 2025, according to the Ministry of Transportation.

AERIS, the airport’s operating consortium, along with local airport police expressed commitment to the overall improvement of their checkpoint process and recognized the importance of the onsite SAE diagnosis conducted. The observations gathered during the diagnosis will assist the airport in creating suitable changes and modifications to the existing processes - bridging a balance between security and facilitation while using the correct and effective procedures and methods.

So far, the positive feedback demonstrates IATA’s commitment to tackle this industry challenge and contribute to achieve a secure, seamless and efficient end-to-end passenger experience for the increasing number of air travelers.

The engagement of airports and airport authorities is ongoing and over 30 airports have already expressed their intention to participate into the program.

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