Qantas Backs Move for Police at Sydney Airport

Sydney, 03 June 2005

Qantas said today that the NSW Government should immediately reopen the Sydney Airport police station and put police permanently on the beat at the airport.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said Qantas supported the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, on this issue.

"Qantas wrote to the NSW Minister for Police, Carl Scully, last month requesting support," Mr Dixon said.

He said Qantas also rejected Mr Scully's apparent suggestion that everybody except the NSW Government should be responsible for security at Sydney Airport.

"Qantas is the first to acknowledge the heightened security concerns of the community.

"Qantas operates 6,000 flights a week to more than 140 airports around the world, with an operational security integrity that is superior to most - if not all - airlines.

"Of the 100 major airports in the world, only three do not have a permanent, uniformed police presence dedicated to community policing and crime prevention - Brisbane, Sydney and Mumbai."

Mr Dixon said the Victorian Government had already allocated dedicated uniformed police officers at Melbourne International Airport.

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