Two security lanes return for the 2018 holiday season7th December 2018
The second security lane has now been opened at Guernsey Airport as the busy festive travel season is about to get underway.
This means as of Friday 7th December 2018 two lanes are available for security screening for hand-luggage at peak times, instead of the temporary restriction to one lane whilst building works were being undertaken at the security search area in the passenger terminal.
General Manager – Ports Colin Le Ray said:
"We have worked hard with all parties involved in this enhancement to get two lanes of security screening back in operation. I would like to thank all those involved in making this happen. We are confident passengers and staff will benefit from more space, a better working environment, and an expanded range of duty-free shopping when the construction work is completed. There is never an ideal time to improve passenger facilities whilst keeping the terminal operational at the same time. But, this time of year was a good time to do the project, where it is relatively quiet when compared to our busy summer season."
Head of Aviation Services for Guernsey Airport Ash Nicholas said:
"We recognise no-one likes queuing for long periods, and we are urging passengers to still allow plenty of time to get through security. Like other airports the convenience of turning up at the terminal and expecting to get on your flight within 20 minutes are now coming to an end. Security procedures mean more time is required to get through screening, and the airport has no option but to introduce them when they are instructed to do so. "
Anyone requiring special assistance should continue to apply through their airline as normal, and the sunflower hidden disability lanyard is available from the airport information desk if required.
This work is part of a wider investment that Guernsey Airport has done with passenger facilities and maintenance. Work to lay a new floor in departures has been taking place at the same time as the security upgrade.
The old blue carpet has now disappeared and replaced with a hardwearing surface that will be easier to clean and be longer lasting. New LED lighting across the terminal has been installed, saving on long-term energy costs. The former Blue Islands lounge in departures has been taken away, and a free water fountain has been put in, which has been well received by airport passengers and users.
Picture: Tyrrell Dowinton Associates