Cyprus’ Hermes Airports has launched automatic-electronic gates in the departures area at the Larnaka International Airport.
Installation of the gates is the first phase of the implementation of an automated system.
Passengers with a printed copy of their boarding pass will be able to proceed to security check directly and then to the shops and departure gates of the terminal.
The gates can be operated using a simple system and will only require the scanning of the boarding pass of every passenger.
The airport has also ensured that the system can be used by passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility.
The second phase of the boarding pass access control will include a service called ‘fast-track’ that is already in use at many airports across the world.
Passengers availing this service will be allowed quick entry to the departure gates of the terminal after paying a small fee. This will help them avoid the long queues that are formed during peak hours.
The airport said: "The installation and operation of the new automated electronic gates system at Larnaka International Airport is another step in Hermes’ continuous efforts to provide upgraded services to both the local travelling public and the millions of tourists visiting Cyprus annually."
Hermes Airports operates two international airports in Cyprus, the Larnaka and Pafos International Airports. Both the airports are estimated to contribute more than €500m to the country’s economy, which corresponds to approximately 3% of its gross domestic product.
The airport also sustains 12,700 jobs in the country’s tourism industry.
Image: The Larnaka International Airport in Cyprus has introduced automatic-electronic gates. Photo: courtesy of Hermes Airports.