G4S to provide aviation security services to Virgin Atlantic

G4S Transport & Borders, part of G4S Secure Solutions (UK), the UK’s leading security services provider, has been appointed to provide aviation security services to Virgin Atlantic across all four of the UK airports that they operate from.

The company will provide a range of specialised security services including check-in and profile monitoring of passengers, aircraft guarding, access control, and aircraft searches at Heathrow; Gatwick; Glasgow; and Manchester.

The three year contract, which commences next week, will see G4S help streamline Virgin Atlantic security processes, providing a faster and more efficient service for around five million passengers a year.

G4S will also operate security for the airline’s Heathrow drive-through operations, for passengers travelling in Virgin Upper Class.

The contract was awarded by Virgin Atlantic following an existing eight year partnership with G4S at three of the airline’s sites in the UK.

Andy Blackwell, Head of Security and Resilience at Virgin Atlantic, said:

“Safety and security are of paramount importance to Virgin Atlantic. G4S are an integral part of our protective security arrangements and we are delighted to be continuing to work with them to ensure the integrity of aviation security.”

Steven Taylor, Managing Director, G4S Transport & Borders commented:

“We welcome this opportunity to support one of the world’s leading airlines at all of their UK operating sites and look forward to assisting Virgin Atlantic across its entire network.”

Jonathan Yates, Category Manager at Virgin Atlantic, added:

“Our existing relationship with G4S, combined with the efficiencies they have already demonstrated at some of our biggest airport sites, made them an excellent choice when appointing a trusted and effective security supplier for our UK operations.”

For further information on G4S Transport & Borders aviation security services, please visit: www.g4s.uk.com/en-GB