Airline passengers departing from the Emerald Airport will undergo security screening from Tuesday May 1.
‘I am happy to report the Central Highlands Regional Council has recently been approved as the Screening Authority for Emerald Airport and has had its Transport and Security plan approved by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport – Office of Transport and Security’ said Central Highlands Regional Council’s Chief Executive Officer Bryan Ottone.
‘Emerald Airport will be one of the first regional airports in Queensland to commence security screening on 01 May 2012. All airports that have regular passenger traffic with aircrafts above the Maximum Takeoff Weight of 20 000 tonnes and operate Open Charter flights are required to be a screened port on or prior to 01 July 2012.
‘The Australian government continues to improve security measures across the country in response to the increased risk of terrorism acts, and to ensure the safety of passengers. As part of the requirement to comply with regulations, Emerald Airport, through its operator the Central Highlands Regional Council went through a rigorous process of developing and implementing new systems and processes which were approved by the Office of Transport and Security.
After a public tender process ISS Security Services were selected as the security provider for the Emerald Airport.
‘ISS operates at airports all over the country and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing this security service’, said Mr Ottone.
Representatives from the Office of Transport and Security will be on hand on Tuesday to observe the cut over of Emerald to a Security Screened Airport.
‘Voluntary screening has been in place for the past week to allow staff to become more familiar with the processes in live situations,’ said Mr Ottone.
The implementation of Security Screening at Emerald Airport will require all passengers to arrive at the Emerald Airport in sufficient time to undergo the new procedures and ensure their flights depart on time.