Newcastle Airport is undertaking major work to develop its security area for passengers.
So far this year, data shows that 98% of passengers pass through security at the North East travel hub in less than six minutes, making it one of the most efficient airports in the country. New improvements are being undertaken in a bid to help maintain that statistic.
Here’s what the developments at Newcastle Airport mean for travellers, from when works are taking place to what they will achieve and what the airport has said.
When will the airport security improvement works take place?
Works on the airport security section started on Monday, October 24 and will be implemented in two phases to minimise disruption. Phase 1 started last week and is expected to be completed ahead of the Easter holidays next year. This will boost the capacity of the area ahead of the holiday rush of the summer months in 2023. Phase 2 will then take place during the winter of 2023 into 2024. The whole project will be completed by Easter 2024.
What will be changing about airport security at Newcastle Airport?
The principal reason behind the change is to increase capacity at airport security to ensure waiting times stay low. However, there are additional benefits expected from the work. The security area will be given an aesthetic facelift with newly tiled floors, natural finishes to walls and ceilings, enhanced lighting and better heating and ventilation for passenger and staff comfort.
What has Newcastle Airport said about the works?
Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport said: “We are delighted to be starting this exciting security upgrade to enhance the passenger experience at the airport. The project will see a transformational change to the area and enable the team to operate with the latest equipment. Although a complex project, I am confident that whilst the works are ongoing passengers will still be able to travel swiftly through security and onto their flight.”