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Security breach at Ronaldsway investigated by CAA

DoI also working to improve staffing numbers and workplace culture at airport

A security breach at the Isle of Man Airport has been investigated by the Island's Civil Aviation Administration while work is ongoing to tackle staffing matters at Ronaldsway.

Manx Radio contacted the Department of Infrastructure and CAA after a source at the airport raised concerns about staffing numbers, workplace culture and a security breach.

Manx Radio was told the security team at Ronaldsway is shortstaffed, and issues with workloads have resulted in difficult working conditions for the team.

It's claimed the airport relies on its security workers doing overtime and that there have been occasions where the site has almost had to close as a result of staff shortages.

In response to these allegations the Department of Infrastructure says "positive discussions are taking place with Bidvest Noonan both locally and more widely in relation to staffing matters as well as overall workplace culture."

"The issue of staff numbers has been a persistent problem over a number of years, and is therefore not new. A fresh look is, however, being taken with a view to how technology may be used to cope with a shortage of personnel; the senior management team is also exploring how it can assist with recruitment more broadly." - Department of Infrastructure 

The source also told Manx Radio there had been a security incident - where a passenger had been able to leave a plane, go to his car, and return to the aircraft without passing through security again.

The DoI confirmed a breach was referred to the Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration.

In a statement, released to Manx Radio, the regulator said "[it] was correctly made aware of a security incident which took place at Isle of Man Airport on 20 August 2022.

"The incident has been investigated by the Isle of Man Airport in accordance with standard procedures and measures have been taken to prevent reoccurrence. As per routine process, IOM CAA reviewed the investigation and follow on measures and we are satisfied with the outcome."

Manx Radio has also contacted Bidvest Noonan, the firm which employs security staff at Ronaldsway, but is yet to receive a response.

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