Works begins on new BHX security area
Work is under way on Birmingham Airport’s new security screening area.
The new facility, being built within the existing terminal building, will result in a speedier, simpler pre-flight security screening process for customers.
UK Government requires all airports to be compliant with new standards by 1 June 2024, which is the completion deadline for the project, a total investment of more than £20m.
“We are seizing this as an opportunity to improve our operation and, crucially, the customer experience we offer at BHX,” said Al Titterington, terminal operations director for Birmingham Airport (BHX).
“Installing our Next-Generation Security (NGS) system will deliver a speedier and simpler pre-flight screening process capable of serving significantly more passengers per hour at peak times.”
In its Master Plan published in 2018, BHX outlined its aspiration to grow customer volumes from 12m a year (pre-pandemic) to 18m a year by 2033.
The new and improved security screening area supports growth up to 18m passengers a year and beyond.
This in turn will help drive economic growth in the West Midlands region*.
The airport’s contractors, Tilbury Douglas, began work on Tuesday (Oct 25).
Initial steps include setting up site compounds before moving ahead with the project itself.
In recent weeks, BHX’s landside Burger King and Frankie & Benny’s eateries have closed to accommodate the new screening area.