Edinburgh Airport to test new £25m security system

Edinburgh Airport. Picture: Neil Hanna
Edinburgh Airport. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Passengers will get their first look at Edinburgh Airport’s new security lounge this month as part of testing ahead of £25m facility’s launch.

Selected groups will be directed through the new security facility – which incoporates facial recognition – giving staff time to test the new hand luggage scanners. The trials mean the new wing will be partially open in time for the Ryder Cup in September.

The latest expansion of the airport will double as a second entrance with new shops and airport offices when it is officially unveiled in October. The existing security hall will be transformed into new duty free shopping as part of the next phase of development. Airport bosses also confirmed that both security halls would run at the same time for several weeks to ensure the smooth running of the new facility.

Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said: “We’re at a very exciting point in the build now where we’ve essentially completed construction of the extension. The internal fit-out of our new security hall is now well under way with state-of-the-art security equipment being installed to improve the passenger journey through the airport.”