Gatwick Airport opens south terminal security area

13 October 2011 (Last Updated October 13th, 2011 18:30)

London's Gatwick Airport has opened a new £45m security area at its south terminal, which is expected to reduce queueing times by 25%.

London's Gatwick Airport has opened a new £45m security area at its south terminal, which is expected to reduce queueing times by 25%.

The development includes 19 security lanes designed to handle 5,000 people an hour including 15 standard lanes, two lanes dedicated to families with young children and passengers with reduced mobility, and two lanes for premium travellers.

The new area also has security access gates, where passengers swipe their paper boarding cards or Smartphones displaying their boarding cards.

In addition, there are the colour-coded lanes with screens displaying the queueing time, enabling passengers to choose the lane they want to use.

The new security area is part of a £1.2bn investment in the airport.