Birmingham Airport embarks on £20m security screening facility

A £20m project is underway at Birmingham Airport for a new security screening area.

The new facility, being built within the existing terminal building, aims to create a speedier and simpler pre-flight security screening process for customers.

The Government requires all airports to be compliant with new standards by 1st June 2024. Every passenger will need to be screened using security scanners rather than walk-through metal detectors and x-rays. Belongings will also be screened using C3 x-rays – CT-type x-rays producing 3D images, meaning passengers no longer need to take out liquids and electricals.

Al Titterington, Terminal Operations Director for Birmingham Airport said: “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 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, Birmingham Airport outlined its aspiration to grow customer volumes from 12m a year (pre-pandemic) to 18m a year by 2033. The new security screening area supports the growth of up to 18m passengers a year and beyond.

The airport’s contractors, Tilbury Douglas, began work on Tuesday (Oct 25).