Security and who pays was not surprisingly the hot topic at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) general assembly in
ERA president and Aegean Airlines chief operating officer Antonis Simigdalas said there was "an endless discussion during the presidents meeting" on security costs and a top ERA priority is to push for state funding of the extra layers of security which were added first after the September 2001 terrorist attacks and the August 2006 terror scare in the UK.
"There is a big percentage of agreement the latest security measures have serious cost implications for all of us," he says.
In the keynote address,
He says European carriers need to join together and urge European government to harmonise their policies on security costs. He complained the airline industry is often overlooked by European Union politicians and airlines have no influence despite its importance to European economies. "We are easy pray," he says.
Conte says the
"We need to take into consideration higher security measures are here to stay. We need to make sure infrastructure and resources are (put in place at airports) for that scenario."
Aer Arann executive chairman Padraig OｴCeidigh said the additional security over the last several weeks has "cost implications for all ERA members and all airlines and airports". He adds "it's our companies that carry the can".