Gatwick Airport has opened a new security area as part of its transformation of the North Terminal, following successful implementation of the technology in the South Terminal.
The £36 million project is a major part of the airport’s growth strategy as investment in the state-of-the-art facility will halve the time it takes passengers to pass through security, while maintaining the strictest security measures, and allows Gatwick to screen up to 5,000 passengers per hour.
Phase One of the project was completed in February this year, with five new security lanes, and the final phase is now complete as a further five lanes are open for passengers to use. Each lane has seven ‘loading points’, reducing queue times and increasing the number of passengers able to prepare their belongings for the screening process at any one time. There are also dedicated lanes for premium travellers, families and passengers with reduced mobility.
On entrance to the security area, passengers will now pass through a set of 17 new e-gates, which will also help to reduce the build-up of queues and speed up the process of passing through security.
Other aspects of the North Terminal development programme include:
An investment of £36 million has been made in creating the World’s largest self-service bag drop zone, which was recently opened allowing passengers to check-in, drop off their bag and be on their way in less than two minutes.
A further £10 million is being invested to fully refurbish the North Terminal’s arrival area, and is due to open in time for the peak of summer.
£10 million to upgrade the North Terminal border zone – more space, new technologies and 15 recently opened, state-of-the-art, new e-gates will help lead to shorter queues for passengers.
£250 million is committed to maintaining and replacing facilities including lifts, escalators and the technology infrastructure, while £80 million was invested to reconfigure Pier 5.
After the summer, the project moves to the departure lounge, where Gatwick will be investing to create a world-class new space in the North Terminal