Belfast Telegraph

Security services at Belfast International Airport put out to tender

By Emma Deighan

Security at Belfast International Airport could change as the airport deliberates over a multi-million-pound tender for the job.

ICTS, which also provides security personnel for Gatwick, Heathrow, Bristol and Cardiff Airports, as well as a number of other terminals and high-profile organisations, has held the contract for central security at Belfast International for at least 15 years it is understood.

It employs 250 staff at the site.

But responding to a recent incident at the airport where a wheelchair user carrying repair equipment as hand luggage was forced to abandon his flight, South Antrim DUP MP Paul Girvan confirmed that “contractual discussions are under way in relation to security”.

In April Belfast International announced that it was seeking a provider of security services via a tender process.

It said it envisaged five companies tendering for the contract that spans an initial period of three years with scope to extend to five years after the initial contract expires.

Belfast International Airport said it was “engaged in a tendering process for the provision of on-site security services”.

“The tendering process is commercially confidential and, therefore, the airport is not in a position to comment further”.

The airport came under fire this week when its security team, supplied and trained by ICTS, did not allow 48-year-old Steve Smithers to proceed with his flight because his wheelchair kit, containing spanners, was deemed a security risk.

There were also complaints last week over long delays at security

This year Aldergrove expects to exceed six million passengers for the first time.

Belfast Telegraph

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