Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce has said that airfares won’t be bumped up even if extra security measures are implemented to turn away potential terrorist attacks.
Joyce backed the additional security measures to help tighten safety and security of passengers at Australia’s air terminals, and added that he doesn’t believe this would add even more expense to air passengers.
“Despite extra security after 9/11 … (airfares) haven’t risen in the last 17 years and I don’t see them rising in the next 10,” the Qantas boss said.
Joyce disclosed that Qantas would implement any recommended security changes in an efficient way so that customers’ pockets won’t take the brunt of the change.
According to reports, police personnel are to be given authority to demand proper identification from anyone at a major domestic airport, including those that would not be boarding a plane. The plan could prevent suspect passengers from flying and permit police to order members of the public to leave airports.
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan wouldn’t comment on potential changes but reiterated the government’s urgent priority to keep Australians safe.
“The coalition government has initiated an independent review of security at airports across Australia,’ Keenan’s spokeswoman said in a statement. “If we can do more to ensure the safety of Australians then, of course, we will take all necessary action.”
The push comes after heightened security measures — including sterner screenings — were implemented across Australia after authorities revealed a alleged terror plot to bring down a plane bound for Abu Dhabi three weeks ago.
Airlines and airports have a shared responsibility to ensure there are enough resources to implement security upgrades, Joyce added.
“It’s a shared responsibility across airlines and airports, and we have to make sure we have the resources to make sure the travelling experience is still very good, and the security experience is what the government and professionals tell us to implement,” he said.
Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten says Australians shouldn’t be bothered at airports due to stricter security standards.
“We need to make sure this is backed up by adequate resources so we don’t unnecessarily inconvenience a few passengers for want of a few dollars,” the Labor leader said.