Qantas Response to Wheeler Report

Sydney, 21 September 2005

Qantas said that it supported the new security measures for Australia's airports announced by the Prime Minister today.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said the new measures were consistent with Qantas' submission to the Wheeler review of security and policing at Australia's airports.

He said Qantas also supported the integration of Federal and State police activities under the control of dedicated Airport Police Commanders at CTFR airports, and the deployment of State police for general crime management.

"Given the considerable security costs already borne by airlines - and particularly Qantas in Australia - we do not believe the funding of additional measures should be another impost on the industry," Mr Dixon said.

"We therefore support Sir John Wheeler's recommendation that Government fund the provision of general policing and the CTFR function at Australian's 11 major airports," he said.

Mr Dixon said that Qantas alone had spent more than $260 million on security measures in the last financial year - an increase of more than 220 per cent on security costs for 2000/2001.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3320)