August 11, 2008
Airport May Have to Foot Bill for Cost of Security
LIVERPOOL John Lennon airport faces a multi-million pound bill for its growing security costs.
Government plans to ease the burden on Merseyside police will transfer responsibility for "threat and risk analysis" - and for paying the bill - to the airport's owner.The cost of policing JLA is kept under wraps for security reasons, but is likely to run into millions of pounds and is on the rise because of the heightened terror threat.
A formal consultation on airport policing has just been launched by Jim Fitzpatrick, the aviation minister.
It is understood no decision has yet been taken by MPs, but legislation is expected to be forthcoming in the next session of parliament. The consultation is expected to last three months.
Andy Gower, airport director at JLA, said: "The levels of any future policing presence at UK airports is a matter for the police authority, who are consulting with us at present following the launch of the government's consultation on this issue by the aviation minister."
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