Extracts from the press conference by Siim Kallas on airports winter snow preparedness

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-071910   Duration: 10:02:10  Lieu:
End production: 16/12/2011   First transmission: 16/12/2011
On 16 December 2011, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, gave a press statement to explain how European airports prepared for winter weather conditions after the snow chaos at Christmas 2010. Over the last twelve months, Siim Kallas has had a number of meetings with representatives of major European airports to improve the situation.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport 00:00:06
10:00:11 SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that over the last twelve months they have had a number of meetings with representatives of major European airports; he made it clear in January that they needed to raise their game; he is pleased to say that their response has been positive; serious deficiencies and weak links have been identified and are being addressed; they have detailed reports from the major hubs on their preparedness for winter operations - or "snowhow". 00:00:38
10:00:50 Cutaway of the press room 00:00:04
10:00:54 SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that the Airports Council International assure him that all the airports affected by heavy now in 2010 have invested in equipment and taken serious steps to reinforce their preparedness and resilience; in addition, since the crisis, the whole aviation chain has worked together to improve passenger information at airports; this is a crucial issue. 00:00:29
10:01:23 Cutaway of the press room 00:00:04
10:01:27 SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that what matters to the travelling public and businesses is that in typical winter conditions they can continue to fly safely and on-time; he very much hope that the contingency planning put in place by the airports in 2011 will be sufficient; after all, contingency planning for winter should be normal business practice for any sector; if it is not enough, the EC may consider next steps, other actions, but let's hope that this contingency planning is good enough. 00:00:42
10:02:10 Siim Kallas leaving 00:00:03
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