UK's Bristol Airport has announced plans to spend £24m on expansion of its west terminal in a bid to transform the security search process for passengers.
Claimed to be its biggest investment since the opening of the terminal building in 2000, the project will also allow for future improvements to immigration facilities, enabling the airport to address another bottleneck at peak hours.
Scheduled to open in the summer of 2016, the terminal will measure 9,000m² and house an enlarged baggage reclaim area, customs facilities, arrivals retail, and meet and greet area.
It will be around two and half times larger than the east terminal extension that is scheduled to be opened next month.
The airport spent £8.5m on the east terminal extension.
The west terminal will feature ten lanes in the central search area with two additional security channels in a dedicated Fast Track zone.
The expansion will help in decreasing wait times due to the enlargement of the preparation area and the construction of 21 metre lanes.
Bristol airport CEO Robert Sinclair said: "Once completed, this major development will take the total investment in our terminal and wider airport infrastructure since 2010 to over £120m.
"Not only will the west terminal extension ease the congestion we are experiencing at times this summer as a result of high passenger volumes, it will create a more attractive and comfortable environment and help to remove some of the stress sometimes associated with air travel."
Image: The expansion will help in decreasing wait times due to the enlargement of the preparation area. Photo: courtesy of Bristol Airport.