London Luton Airport (LLA) has signed a seven-year contract with Airdat for use of its cloud-based training management and competency system ‘passport’.

In addition to ongoing airside driver training services, the new contract will extend Airdat’s remit to include Onboard, a cloud-based assurance and fleet management system to cover the airside operator licence process and application and issue of airside vehicle permits; Visa, the audit and training management app that allows airport teams to audit companies, people and fleets; and audit consulting services for the airside operator licence and certificate of competency schemes.

Chris Harvey, Airdat’s training director and lead at the Luton base, said: “Having spent the majority of my working life at Luton and seen the airport grow as much as it has in that time, I am enormously proud to have been part of that growth and improvement. The relationships we have built and the constant interaction and feedback from the airside community has meant the training we provide is built by them, for them.

“We continue to recognise the need for new types of courses to improve the knowledge and experience of the airside community at all levels, as well as using different technologies to improve testing and assessment. Looking to the future, this new contract means we can continue to build on the successful improvements to airside safety.”

Liam Bolger, head of airside at London Luton Airport, said: “We are really pleased with the impact that AIRDAT has had on the standard of airside driving at LLA over the last few years. I am confident that by extending these services to other areas of the operation for the longer term, we will see further enhancements, not just to our standards, but to the overall process for our stakeholders too.”