May 28,2015, Moscow. — Aeroflot has once again extended its Approved Gate Check (AGC) status awarded by British Home Office.
AGC status repeated confirmation proves the recognition of high expertise of Aeroflot’s staff in preventing illegal migration to the UK.
Aeroflot has long ensured high efficiency in documents’ checking. This has enabled the authority to extend the AGC status for yet another whole year. Normally, this status is granted for a six months’ term.
AGC status provides certain priorities to the air carrier when fines are issued for delivering passengers with invalid papers. To be precise, penalties are not imposed when passengers without documents arrive by the airline’s proper flights as it is assumed that these individuals held papers required to enter the UK at boarding.
The status is tendered to air companies flying to the UK who meet the following criteria:
— Availability of specially-trained staff to detect false documents;
— Exercise of passport and visa control, obligatory documents’ checking immediately at boarding;
— Efficient interaction with the UK immigration authorities, regular information exchange over latest forgery methods and illegal migration.
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2014, Aeroflot carried 23.6 million passengers (34.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries), a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,052 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates the youngest fleet in the World (among the major airlines), numbering 158 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety. The company’s European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the fifth time in 2013, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2014 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the third time. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.