6 April 2016, 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. 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.
Besides the UK Aeroflot also cooperates with the authorized representatives of the other immigration offices attached to the foreign embassies in Russia to prevent illegal migration.
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2015, Aeroflot carried 26.1 million passengers (39.4 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 1,057 destinations in 179 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, numbering 171 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 sixth time in 2015, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2015 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fourth time and for the first time was ranked among TOP-10 airlines with Best Airline Cuisine according to Global Traveler. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.