ALBANY REGIONAL AIRPORT’S new era moved a step closer at a City of Albany Special Council Meeting on 3 April 2012 when two significant tenders were awarded for airport security upgrade projects.
MSS Security was awarded a contract to become the security screening authority and security screening provider at the Albany Regional Airport.
Australian government legislation effective 1 July 2012 requires the City of Albany to implement security screening at Albany Regional Airport. This stipulates that an appropriately accredited security screening provider and security screening authority be appointed.
The screening authority is responsible for ensuring that security screening occurs in accordance with legislation.
The screening provider delivers the required security screening, including employing and training the security personnel responsible for the physical inspection and screening of passengers and their baggage using x-ray, walk-through metal and explosive trace detection equipment.
At the same Special Council Meeting the tender for the provision of security screening equipment was awarded to L3 Communications for the installation of airport security equipment to the Albany Regional Airport. This equipment consists of a three-view x-ray machine, two explosive trace detection (ETD) machines, a walk-through metal detector and four hand-held detectors.
Both tenders were the subject of an open tendering process whereby the City of Albany advertised at a state and national level. A qualified panel assessed all tender bids before referring its recommendations to the Special Council Meeting.
City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington remarked that the airport upgrade is progressing smoothly and is on track to deliver Phase 1 by 1 July 2012. “Soon, visitors to Albany will arrive and depart from a secure facility that has come of age and which prioritises passenger safety. We look forward to welcoming them into that new environment,” he said.