May 31, 2023

Launceston Airport to conduct security training drill

Launceston Airport and Tasmania Police will be carrying out a live Aerodrome Emergency Response training exercise.

The exercise aims to test and evaluate the multi-agency response to a security threat at Launceston Airport.

Launceston Airport is committed to maintaining the highest level of safety and security for all passengers and employees and the exercise is designed to continuously improve the airport’s emergency response capabilities and ensure effective collaboration during a crisis.

The exercise will involve a large police presence onsite from 4-7pm and will make use of a disused aircraft to help test the latest technology.

There will be no impact to airport operations.

Head of Airport Operations for Launceston Airport Marcus Lancaster said the training will provide Launceston Airport and emergency services with invaluable real-world experience.

“The safety of our passengers and staff is our number one priority,” he said.

“Training like this is essential to ensure we are constantly enhancing and refining our security processes.

“Testing our Aerodrome Emergency Response plan in a simulated environment is essential to ensure all agencies involved in keeping our airport safe have the best training possible.

“We appreciate the work Tasmania Police has put into this exercise, given the significant investment of time, planning and resources required to ensure it achieves its aim.”

Australia Pacific Airports (Launceston) acknowledges the First Nations people and Traditional Owners of Tasmania including the Land that Launceston Airport operates on. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all other First Nations People.