JCDecaux Airport jobs at risk following BAA result

LONDON - Airport media owner JCDecaux Airport has entered into consultation with three members of staff, including marketing director Richard Malton, following the outcome of the BAA tender.

JCDecaux Airport: BAA tender result sparked staff consulation
JCDecaux Airport: BAA tender result sparked staff consulation

Earlier this month JCDecaux Airport emerged as the preferred bidder for the outdoor media contracts for the BAA airports at London Heathrow, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

However, JCDecaux previously held the contract for the outdoor media across the entire BAA estate, which included the four contracts the company retained alongside London Gatwick, London Stansted and Southampton.

Australian outdoor media owner Eye has secured the contracts for London Stansted and regional airport specialist Airport Partners won the contract for outdoor media at Southampton Airport.

The tender for the outdoor contract for London Gatwick has been handled separately, following the sale of Gatwick to London City Airport in October last year, but Eye is understood to be the preferred bidder for this contract.

JCDecaux Airport is run separately to the main JCDecaux business and has a staff of 65, of which 30 are in sales and marketing. Along with Malton, two group head positions in the JCDecaux Airport sales team are understood to be at risk.

JCDecaux and BAA announced they were to terminate their £500m pan-airport ad contract in April 2010, seven years ahead of schedule, by mutual consent, following the Competition Commission's decision that BAA must sell Gatwick and Stansted, as well either its Glasgow or Edinburgh airport.

JCDecaux declined to comment.

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