Birmingham Airport has announced that it is investing £100m on improvements to its facilities and infrastructure, including hold-baggage screening, self-service check-in, surface access, additional car parking and air traffic control.
The most significant programme is underway to replace the hold baggage screening system with the latest advanced baggage x-ray sortation operation, which will more than double the hourly baggage processing capacity.
Other major improvements include developing a new Drop Off car park, which will be free for 30 minutes and connected with a covered walkway to the terminal entrance. Existing car parks will also be upgraded and a new surface car park is planned.
An ambitious programme to double the number of self-service bag drop kiosks will be installed, as well as digital check-in branding to improve operational efficiency and aid passengers.
Paul Kehoe, the airport’s chief executive, said, “We have seen enormous growth at Birmingham Airport over the last few years and we are currently welcoming 11 million passengers a year through our terminal. We’re therefore making this investment to enhance operational efficiency and improve the passenger journey in time for the summer 17 season, when we’ll welcome 15 new routes with Jet2 and anticipate in excess of 12m passengers over the next year."