The entrance to Gold Coast Airport. Photo supplied by airport for repeated editorial use.
The entrance to Gold Coast Airport. Photo supplied by airport for repeated editorial use. Gold Coast Airport

Airport security may be more visible over Easter

EXTRA staff will be brought in to replace striking Gold Coast Airport workers on Friday so there should not be major disruptions to services.

But travellers should still get to the airport early to ensure they get their flight on time, said the airport's chief operating officer Marion Charlton.

Rolling Federal Government employee strikes across the country are due to hit the Coolangatta airport on Good Friday, from 12 midnight to 8 am and 4 pm to 12 midnight, and on Sunday from 5 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 12 midnight.

The strike action is expected to mainly impact international travellers, however some domestic services may be affected.

Workers with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, plus those in the Australian Border Force, will take part in a strike organised by the Community and Public Sector Union.

Ms Charlton said they were in contingency talks with the Federal Government to bring in additional staff to replace those striking.

"The border (control desks are) open and they have managers coming to man the borders but our message to passengers... is to plan your trip," Ms Charlton said.

"It's a busy time. You will get out but just come early."

 

 

Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer Marion Charlton.
Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer Marion Charlton. Gold Coast Airport

Following the three deadly Brussels explosions late yesterday afternoon Australian time, including two at Zaventem airport, Ms Charlton said there had been no change to the threat level at Australian airports.

However, security may be more visible at the Gold Coast Airport over the Easter period.

"There's been no change to the threat level in Australia," she said.

"Having said that, we have been in touch with the Federal police last night and this morning and our own security. So as for Australia and the Gold Coast, it's about being extra vigilant.

"There might be a bit of extra visibility around security over the Easter period but other than that, it's business as normal."



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