Birmingham Airport in the UK has completed the construction of a £1m purpose-built transit and transfer facility, which aims to facilitate the online boarding procedure for passengers with connecting flights.
The new technology will allow passengers to complete the transit procedure within the airside environment in less than 45min.
The airport has invested a total of £200m in the past few years on airfield and terminal facilities to bring in additional long-haul flights. The new facility will help airlines flying into Birmingham to benefit from the domestic and European market connectivity.
Speaking to The Hub, Birmingham Airport's chief executive officer Paul Kehoe said: "The completion of our new passenger transit facility is another string to our bow in terms of what we can offer passengers and airlines focused on long-haul travel and better connectivity.
"This valuable piece of infrastructure means long-haul and short-haul passengers now have the choice of flying to and from a range of domestic and European destinations connecting through Birmingham, allowing them extra time to relax and enjoy the excellent facilities we have available in the departure lounge."
Apart from this, the airport has also recently completed the construction of a new primary radar tower, a state-of-the-art air traffic control tower and a newly extended runway.
"Our aviation development team, headed up by William Pearson, stands ready to talk with airline partners about codeshare and through-ticketing opportunities to open up new and existing direct and transfer connectivity," added Kehoe.
"Our region is the fastest growing inward investment region in the UK and the largest net exporter of goods to China.
"If you combine this demand with domestic and European connecting markets, Birmingham has an enormous amount to offer airlines for routes to the UK. This airport is set to service its region and is centrally located, just an hour from the capital city and able to service this demand well."