More funds for regional airport security upgrades

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 21, 2012

The federal government has announced funding to assist 18 regional airports to upgrade security arrangements as a result of new regulations taking effect on July 1.

The latest funding comes on top of $32 million provided for the purchase of security screening equipment, as well as $9 million towards training security staff to use new screening technologies.

“The $4.9 million being announced today will go towards minor modifications of passenger terminal facilities including the installation of passenger walkways, glass panels and check points,” said Transport Minister Anthony Albanese.

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The funding is contingent on a dollar for dollar matching by the airport operator’s contribution, with funding amounts of $100,000 to $460,000.

Airports receiving the funding include Horn Island, Devonport, Tamworth and Busselton.

From July 1 all airports receiving aircraft with over 20 tonnes maximum takeoff weight will be required to commence passenger and checked baggage security screening.

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