Newcastle International airport has unveiled the progress on its extended arrivals hall, which is set to open by summer.
The multi-million pound investment in partnership with the UK Border Force will see the arrivals area improved with five new ePassport gates. The self-serve machines use facial recognition technology to verify each user’s identity against data stored in the chip in their biometric passport. They will be available for UK, EEA and Swiss passport holders aged 12 and above.
The extension to the terminal building will feature 448sqm of additional floor space for the immigration area, as well as 110sqm of space at the departure gates. Work on the project began last year and will be completed in June.
Richard Knight, director of operations at Newcastle airport, said: “I’m delighted with how well work is progressing on our improved and expanded arrivals hall and can’t wait to unveil the space, as well as brand new ePassport gates, to our customers... this expansion will play a big role in ensuring we can help passengers head home following a wonderful trip or experience all that the North East has to offer as a visitor as speedily as possible.”