Further memorandum submitted by Flybe
Over the past three months, discussions have
continued between the carriers, UKBA and their supplier Trusted
Borders regarding the technical connectivity methods and also
the data format.
In September, agreement was reached that transmission
types MATIP A and B would be made available.
These will assist the carriers by providing
an industry standard method of connectivity and not incur high
ongoing costs of other methods.
However, the technical document is still not
available for this interface and as such, system suppliers are
currently unable to evaluate, scope and plan for any development
of this option.
Concerning the data format required, clarification
had been sought regarding whether passengers checking in after
30 minutes prior to scheduled time of departure could be provided
in a batch or per passenger. Final confirmation on this subject
was provided by memorandum to all carriers on 22 September 2009.
This enables the carriers to define the final
requirements with their suppliers to enable full compliance.
We have not incurred additional costs due to
the changes in instructions, as we did not have sufficient information
to inform our system supplier in the first instance.
During the summer months, it became apparent
that the EU DPA and Freedom of Movement Act (2004) concerns were
not to be resolved quickly. Despite the expectation that the EU
would respond positively before the end of September, these issues
are still unresolved.
It is yet to be seen whether the resolution
of these issues will have further impact on system development
Therefore, the anticipated problems with the
"go live" in the summer months has not impacted Flybe.
It should be stated that Flybe will be activating
at least four separate projects to ultimately enable full compliance
with e-Borders within its host system alone. As an airline operating
in a highly competitive arena with huge emphasis on maintaining
a low cost base, this brings additional cost and processes at
a time when carriers can least afford it.
However, I can only reiterate the statement
made in June that Flybe is firmly committed to working with the
UKBA and their supplier, Trusted Borders and will continue to
support and inform this project to the best of our ability.