Global Airport Action Days (GAAD)

61 countries, 69 airlines and 6 online travel agencies were involved in the 11th edition of the Global Airport Action Days (GAAD) targeting criminals suspected of traveling with airline tickets bought using stolen, compromised or fake credit card details.

Results: 141 arrested. Some 334 suspicious transactions were reported, and a number of investigations have been subsequently opened.

Participants: The GAAD was organised through coordination centres at Europol in The Hague, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore and Ameripol in Bogota, and was supported by Canadian as well as US law enforcement authorities through the NCFTA in Pittsburgh. Eurojust assisted throughout the action week, together with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), which deployed officers to 22 airports. The Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO), also took part in law enforcement activities at airports in Africa and the Middle East. During the action week, representatives from airlines, online travel agencies, payment card companies, Perseuss and the IATA worked together with experts from Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) to identify suspicious airline ticket transactions.

Main figures

11th edition Global Airport Action Days (GAAD)

  • 141 arrested
  • over 1 Billion USD Yearly industry losses (estimation)
  • 6 online travel agencies
  • 69 airlines
  • over 226 airports
  • 61 countries
  • 334 suspicious transactions reported



18 June 2018
22 June 2018