Airport News

Airport reforms 'would put emphasis on travellers'

Mon, 09 Mar, 2009

Consumers' interests would be a focus under new proposed changes to airports' regulation.

Proposals made by transport secretary Geoff Hoon include having the Civil Aviation Authority promote passengers' needs and requirements and for Passenger Focus also to work for the concerns of people who use air travel.

Mr Hoon also suggested that the largest airports should have to have licences for regulation purposes.

This would apply to the 13 airports that have more than five million passengers on an annual basis.

Noting that the CAA had said that its responsibilities were unclear, Mr Hoon stated: "Today I am removing that lack of clarity - the passenger must come first."

Meanwhile, Stansted Airport has revealed that it is working on a trial for an assisted border control system to make use of such technology as facial recognition and ePassports.

The six-month trial is being carried out in partnership with the United Kingdom Border Agency and BAA.

Joe Evans

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