Newcastle airport showcases new security search area

Newcastle airport has showcased its new security search area, with technology that enables travellers to leave all liquids and electronics in their hand luggage.

It is part of a £20 million-plus investment in the airport’s facilities, which has also seen the refurbishment of catering outlets and the executive lounge.

The new security equipment has been installed following the government mandate for all UK airports to install ‘next generation’ scanning equipment.

Although the new security equipment means that passengers may be able to take liquids in their hand luggage, they are advised to check the airport website for all the information regarding the new rules ahead of travel.

The executive lounge, Aspire, has been refurbished and expanded so it now has capacity for more than 300 guests, while revamped catering outlets include Aster & Thyme; Soul + Grain; and Tap + Brew, which replaces the Beer House.

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Dean Ward, commercial director at the airport, said: “We are committed to providing the best possible customer experience and the recent investments over the winter period are a fantastic example of this.

“We are extremely proud of the work that has gone in to complete the security search area project ahead of the summer season, which is already providing passengers with a hassle-free start to their journey.

“The investment in the departure lounge is all based upon passenger feedback. The new outlets not only look world-class but provide passengers with a relaxing, comfortable environment to enjoy prior to boarding their flights.”

This summer, there will be up to 41 flights a week to Turkey, up to 93 flights a week to Spain and the Balearics and up to 42 flights a week to Greece, plus additional capacity to destinations including Barcelona, Milan, Zadar, Ibiza and Dalaman.

EasyJet has launched new flights to Alicante and has new flights to Chania.

The airport’s newest airline partner, Aegean, will provide twice-weekly flights to Athens for the second summer season and Tui will operate two new summer destinations from Newcastle: Cape Verde and Sharm el Sheikh.

The hub expects to welcome more than 3.5 million passengers this summer.

New security search area at Newcastle airport
New security search area at Newcastle airport

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