Security improvements underway in £5m Stansted Airport project

PUBLISHED: 11:34 08 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:25 08 June 2016

Pc Gary Lambert and his search dog Shifty check a case on a baggage carousel at Stansted Airport

Pc Gary Lambert and his search dog Shifty check a case on a baggage carousel at Stansted Airport

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Stansted Airport is about to start its next round of projects as part of an overhaul of the terminal building.

CGI of the new, longer, security lane at Stansted AirportCGI of the new, longer, security lane at Stansted Airport

The latest project will have a focus on security and seating to increase short-term capacity at the airport, and the work will begin ahead of the main summer getaway.

In line with security rules work has begun to introduce Central Image Processing which will see the hand baggage x-ray team move to a central location away from other security-related activity in the main search area.

Instead of having one person at each lane watching the x-ray images, they will be assessed by a team of experts in a different location with new, higher-tech equipment.

The £5million will see the upgrade complete by mid-July, before the school summer holidays, while work to make lanes wider and generally make the security area bigger will be completed by late autumn.

Karen Smart, Stansted Airport’s customer service and security directorKaren Smart, Stansted Airport’s customer service and security director

Lanes will also be lengthened, in a bid to speed up the flow of passengers through security.

Other changes include creating 2,500 new Meet and Greet spaces along with 1,000 more short-stay car parking spaces, which will be available by the end of July.

Fvie hundred more seats will be added to the main departure lounge.

Karen Smart, Stansted’s customer service and security director, said: “Stansted is already the busiest single terminal airport in the UK serving more than 23 million passengers each year, and with passenger numbers forecast to grow rapidly in the years ahead, it’s vital we invest in new technology and services to ensure we keep pace with increasing demand while at the same time improving the customer experience at the airport.

“The investments we are making are a clear demonstration of our commitment to driving service standards upwards by utilising the best technology available to increase operational efficiency and delivering the type and scale of facilities passengers expect at a major international airport.”

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