The Fredericton International Airport Authority (FIAA) is collaborating with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to add a second line at the airport's security checkpoint.

According to a statement, the installation of a second line will help reduce wait times at the terminal, which is currently operating 75% beyond capacity.

FIAA president and CEO Johanne Gallant said: “CATSA have done a tremendous job of improving efficiency without sacrificing safety, and we appreciate their partnership in working with us to implement these improvements.”

The latest addition will enable passengers to be screened quickly and reduce queing, but the departures lounge will need to be reconfigured for the additional equipment, according to FIAA.

In order to accommodate relocated seating, amenities such as the business centre will also be eliminated.

"CATSA have done a tremendous job of improving efficiency without sacrificing safety, and we appreciate their partnership in working with us to implement these improvements."

FIAA said that space for a second security line is being created as part of its terminal expansion and renovation plans.

The authority is currently working with the federal and provincial governments to secure funding for the expansion.

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Construction work is set to begin this month, while the second line is expected to become operational in February 2017.

Serving 350,000 passengers per year, the airport offers direct daily service to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax, as well as seasonal services to Cancun, Varadero, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, and Holguin.


Image: Lineup at the Fredericton International Airport. Photo: courtesy of the Fredericton International Airport.