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Press Release - Airport Firefiguters Overtime Ban 5 September 2006

The Department of Transport has been notified that the fire fighters stationed at the Isle of Man Airport will, from 17.00 on Friday 8th September 2006, only work their rostered hours.

The Airport fire fighters are rostered until 21.45 each day, which will now be the latest time that the airport can accept a landing aircraft. Departing aircraft will need to be airborne by 21.30. All flights during the Airport’s normal published hours will be un-affected.

The Isle of Man Airport published hours are 06.15 until 20.45 daily (07.00 on Sundays). Outside of these times, the airline concerned has to request, and obtain permission from the airport, for an extension. Extensions are only granted if all airport services can be made available, and normally Air Traffic Controller hours are the critical factor.

Emergency flights will still be covered 24 hours a day, such as ambulance flights, air sea rescue, and transplants. However, it will not be possible to accept any late running passenger flights after 21.45, this includes aircraft that have suffered delays and are running late.

This issue with the airport fire fighters is in relation to a pay claim that was referred to a Panel, for resolution, within the auspices of the Isle of Man Whitley Council. The matter is still being dealt with via the arbitration process, and as such it is not appropriate for the Department of Transport or Airport management, to intervene to resolve the situation. Nevertheless, the Department is doing all that it can to encourage and facilitate a return to normal working arrangements.

Airport Director Philip Pain comments, “The key message to passengers is that they should continue to check-in for their flights as normal, as most flights to and from the Airport will be unaffected by this situation.”

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