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Falklands : Falklands - Opportunities Proposed for Air Terminal
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 05.05.2013 (Article Archived on 02.06.2013)

As part of the localisation programme for Mount Pleasant Airport the Falkland Islands Development Corporation has set forward proposals for the operation of the Air Terminal.

Opportunities Proposed for Air Terminal

 

By J. Brock (FINN)

 

As part of the localisation programme for Mount Pleasant Airport the Falkland Islands Development Corporation has set forward proposals for the operation of the Air Terminal.

 

Firstly, the Localisation Commerce Board (LCB) would be a liaison to the Programme Coordination Committee (PCC), where the Falkland Islands private sector has the opportunity to feed comments into the Localisation project. The LCB would be administered by FIDC GM to ensure confidentiality for the project so potential localisation contracts are not comprised.  The proposed responsibilities of the LCB are: Liaison with private sector, Convey and advise on tender opportunities to private sector, Report comments to PCC, Identify knowledge and skills gaps of local companies and  Identify potential providers from the local business community.

 

Proposed opportunities include key Functions/Services for Phased Transfer and localisation opportunities at the Mount Pleasant Airport Terminal.  Full details are still to be finalised in the form of SoRs.  Any service transfer will need to be carried out ahead of any legal transfer of buildings to the FIG. This will maintain momentum and allow the establishment of any new air-links to progress unhindered.  And certain facilities and use of assets may need to be agreed in advance of any building transfer to allow seamless take-up of operations.

 

Some functions are identified for early and phased transfer to civilian operation, for example, Air-bridge Traffic & Cargo - 1st Transfer function (potential pilot scheme) – Oct 2013, including Passenger Luggage Handling, Transfer of cargo from aircraft to terminal and vice versa (non-dangerous goods) and Passenger Check–in.

 

Air-bridge Security Services would be the second Transfer Function in Oct 2013, including (in conjunction with Immigration and Customs), Passport check, Visa check, Permit check and Hand luggage screening and searches.

 

The third Transfer Function would be Air-bridge Air Booking in March 2014 and Air-bridge Load Control in the Passenger Section would be the fourth Transfer Function in March 2014.

 

 

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