Security Programme Design and Implementation

Security Programme Design and Implementation - Baghdad International Airport


Subject: Security Programme Design & Implementation – Baghdad International Airport

Industry: Aviation

Location: Baghdad, Iraq 


Terrorism poses a threat to business and travel in Iraq. With the expansion of industries such as oil and gas, the national government was keen to encourage foreign air carriers to return to Iraq.  Establishing a secure gateway into the country was considered key to bolstering confidence in the government, developing infrastructure and ensuring the safety of travellers. In 2010, G4S Risk Management was awarded the contract to provide security services at Baghdad International Airport and to raise security standards to international levels. 


At the time of contract award, no aviation security framework, such as national guidance documentation and legislation, existed in Iraq. This challenge was compounded by a short lead time of 30 days to recruit and transition a professionally trained work force of approximately 850 staff. 

Our Approach:

Within the tight 30 day timeframe, G4S Risk Consulting aviation specialists formulated plans to develop a full airport security programme, an implementation plan and a transition team.  The specialists also designed a management and support structure including operational management, scheduling, compliance, finance, HR, payroll and training. In addition to this, a full security posture assessment was conducted to ensure business planning could be tailored effectively.  

Benefits to the Client:

The above was achieved with no reduction in service levels. Within three months, foreign air carriers resumed flights to Iraq, bringing much needed investment and bolstering the economy. Subsequently, G4S Risk Management has successfully partnered with the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to further improve operational efficiency and service delivery. This has included assisting the ICAA and MOT develop their aviation legal framework by guiding them in line with international standards such as ICAO Annex 17, providing guidance on drafting both Airport Security Programmes and the National Civil Aviation Security Programme and introducing updated screening technologies such as new X-ray systems.