Critics say a move to make the group of security workers redundant will increase check-in times and drive passengers to rival airports
Cuts to security staff at Cardiff Airport will lead to longer delays for passengers it has been claimed.
Critics say a move to make the group of security workers, believed to number 13, redundant will increase check-in times and drive passengers to rival airports.
It is understood that staff affected, all employees of security providers ICTS, are responsible for a range of roles at the Welsh Government-owned facility including during check-in and boarding.
A source close to the issue said: “I know for a fact that the passengers are fed up because they have to wait a very long time to get through security because there are very few trained staff.”
“This will bring huge delays for the passengers and there will be a loss of trade for the businesses in the terminal because they haven’t got time to wait around.”
Leader of the Welsh Conservatives and Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “This news is obviously very troubling for the staff affected and I sincerely hope that this is not a pre-cursor to widespread redundancies at the Airport.
“There are concerns that cuts to security staff could lead to passengers facing longer waits and a disrupted service. Obviously any decline in the customer experience could affect the airport’s ability to compete with rivals like Bristol and that is especially worrying.
“I was recently approached by airport employees who informed me of their concerns over the threat of redundancy and their fears now appear to have been proven correct.
“Having been force-fed a stream of good news stories by the Welsh Labour Government in recent months, this is a troubling blow.”
The Welsh Government bought the airport at Rhoose in 2013 for £52m. A further £10m Government loan has since been confirmed to support the investment.
In March Labour ministers revealed a 9% growth in passenger numbers during the 12 months leading up to the end of March 2014 which was an estimated figure derived from the airport’s own statistics.
Official figures produced by the Civil Aviation Authority show a 4.3% rise in passengers between 2012 (when 1,013,000 passed through the terminal) and 2013 (which saw 1,057,000).
Jon Horne, CEO at Cardiff Airport said: “ICTS is contracted to Cardiff International Airport Ltd for the provision of Aviation Security Services. Meeting the requirements and the fulfilment of that contract in respect of its overall staffing compliment is a matter for ICTS.
“You will understand that matters concerning Aviation Security are confidential and as such we will not be commenting further.”
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “This is a contractual matter for Cardiff Airport.”
No-one from ICTS was available for comment yesterday.
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