The Secretary General
The fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 marked a turning point in world geopolitics. It enshrined the “end of history” of ideologies by promoting, as a result, the free movement of people, ideas and goods, in a world without “block”.
In this context of all-round globalization, what means other than the aircraft could have been better suited to support the large volume of traffic in terms of passengers and goods, while at the same time ensuring comfort and speed?
With its many assets, the safest means of transport in modern times has emerged as one of the best elements of globalization for the movement of people and goods around the world, as well as the new technologies of transport. information and communication for the breakdown of ideas and cultures.
But the events of September 11, like no other, in the United States, have almost relegated the plane to the background; the collapse of the twin towers following unprecedented acts of terrorism against civil aviation has profoundly undermined the effectiveness of airport security measures in 2001.
In response, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was quick to issue a new edition of Annex 17 to strengthen security measures at the international level.
For their part, the United States immediately took structural measures with the creation of the Transport Safety Administration (TSA) and required third countries to apply additional security measures to all flights bound for US airports.
As a Contracting State to the Chicago Convention, at the crossroads of the continents and privileged partner of the United States in the field of air transport, Senegal was one of the first African countries to take on board the new measures of safety.
It is in this context, moreover, that the High Authority of the Léopold Sédar Senghor Airport (HAAS) was created, on October 1, 2001, as an administrative structure endowed with financial autonomy and human resources and substantial equipment to ensure the safety of people, property and aircraft throughout the Dakar airport.
May this portal give you a better understanding of the structure and services offered to passengers, airport users and industry partners!
Colonel El Hadj Mamadou DIA
Secretary General of the High Authority of the L.S.S Airport