Examination of Witnesses

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:28 pm on 23rd February 2012.

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John Moloney: The PCS’s concern is specifically around the transfer of security functions. Like BALPA, we are worried about the potential change in the regime for safety testing, which we think will deliver variable testing across both the network and airports. Clearly, if, as part of inter-airport or inter-terminal competition, there is variable security—almost like a cost advantage between one terminal and another—we think that would be a problem.

As for the more general position on whether there should be inter-terminal competition, we are neutral. Our key concern is about the potential effect on security. As I said, the DFT has consulted on changing the safety regime. We think that would be a mistake, because it would literally institutionalise the variability of security across the network.