Construction work on Birmingham Airport’s (BHX) new £20m security screening area began last week Tuesday 25th October and is being carried out by contractors Tilbury Douglas.
The new facility will be located in the airport terminal building and although costly, accords with the government’s recent call for all UK airports to abide by its new requirements by 1st June 2024. This also happens to be the completion deadline for the construction work.
As well as complying with the new government standards, the build also correlates with BHX’s 2018 master plan in which the airport expressed its goal of increasing customer volumes from 12 million to 18 million annually. It is estimated that the new screening area will be able to support numbers of up to 18 million passengers each year.
Improving passenger airport experience
Supporting customer volume growth is just one of the advantages that come with the new development. Airport staff and passengers should see faster and simpler pre-flight security screening, making for a much smoother and more efficient airport experience for all.
Terminal operations director for Birmingham Airport, Al Titterington, said of the new facility, “We are seizing this as an opportunity to improve our operation and, crucially, the customer experience we offer at BHX. Installing our next-generation security (NSG) system will deliver a speedier and simpler screening process capable of serving significantly more passengers per hour at peak times.”
With many fliers often dreading the long queues and stress-filled experience of getting through security, this new build will be good news for anyone travelling from Birmingham Airport from June 1st onwards.
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