AIR­PORT SE­CU­RITY UP­GRADE

€2mil­lion boost for Ali­cante-Elche air­port

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By James Parkes

EL ALTET air­port is set for a €2mil­lion in­vest­ment by na­tional air­ports au­thor­ity AENA - mainly to be spent on fur­ther se­cu­rity mea­sures.

Con­tracts have been put out to ten­der to im­prove ve­hi­cle ac­cess con­trol and up­grade pro­tec­tion on the out­side perime­ter fenc­ing.

The is­sue of se­cu­rity, in the light of the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks, is a pri­or­ity at air­ports and other trans­port hubs.

Other im­prove­ments are fo­cused on health and safety, such as the in­stal­la­tion of more car­dio-pro­tected ar­eas (de­frib­ril­la­tors).

Up­grades will also in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of four new pas­sen­ger walk­ways for di­rect em­bar­ca­tion from the main ter­mi­nal build­ing.

STRIKE 'ON HOLD'

Mean­while, unions have placed the AENA staff strike - due to start this month - on hold.

UNIONS have place the 25-day strike at na­tional air­ports 'on hold' af­ter a meet­ing held on Wed­nes­day with gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

In­dus­trial ac­tion threat­ened all Span­ish air­ports be­tween Septem­ber and De­cem­ber, but in a meet­ing held with trans­port sec­re­tary Julio Gómez-Po­mar, unions agreed to give the gov­ern­ment ex­tra time to study their pro­posal which has al­ready been ac­cepted by Na­tional Air­ports com­pa­nies AENA and Enaire.

Unions, AENA and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives will meet again on Septem­ber 7. It is up to the tax min­istry to ap­prove the pro­posed staffing and salary in­creases that work­ers are de­mand­ing.

Barcelona strike to re­sume

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers who work for Eulen at Barcelona El Prat air­port will re­sume their in­dus­trial ac­tion on Septem­ber 8 in protest at “reprisals” against four work­ers. They will stop work for an hour on Fri­days at 10.30 and 18.30 but warn this will in­crease if the sanc­tions are not lifted.

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