This week, Prague Vaclav Havel Airport announced its intention to introduce enhanced explosive checks for all checked-in baggage. The airport plans to use swab tests for explosive trace elements, and has created a CCTV-monitored area, and a trained team to carry out testing.
The airport promises that passengers will not be affected by the additional checks, which it says is not a new procedure, but used during current security controls at Prague Airport and across the globe.
Milan Spacek, a member of the airports board of Directors, says, ‘To keep up with the safest airports in Europe, it is necessary to continue improving the safety measures and react to situations at hand. The number of serviced passengers at Václav Havel Airport Prague continues to grow and it is thus also necessary to react to these operational changes with the implementation of more efficient safety procedures.’
The team at Prague Airport security will perform the ten-minute checks on baggage by opening the luggage and taking a swab of the contents. Passengers will be informed if their bag is examined, and the entire process will be carried out under CCTV surveillance.
The airport team is also encouraging passengers to use TSA-approved locks, which can be opened using a master key, to avoid damage to padlocks or other luggage fasteners.
Passengers travelling with Ryanair from Bologna Airport this year will see streamlined check-in with the introduction of a self-bag drop solution.
All over the world, airports are recognising the benefits of infrastructure investment in the form of increased check-in speeds, greater passenger experience and better efficiency across the entire passenger processing environment with self-service solutions.
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport understands that ‘passengers value the convenience of self-service technology from a customer experience point of view,’ and says that the self-bag drop implementation is the latest in a ‘series of options [it] has been developing recently.’
Italy’s Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is the fastest-growing in the country, on average receiving growth at twice the rate of the other busiest of its airports.
Providers of self-service innovations, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Airports, aim to deliver the greatest enhancements to passenger experience, and bring efficiency to streamline baggage handling. Self-bag drop solutions such as the introduction of the self-service kiosk are further enhanced by Common-Use solutions, which can be quickly integrated into the DCS of multiple airlines, thus offering airports of all sizes the opportunity to make additional, greater use of airport resources.
Find out more about self-bag drop, or watch the video for a demonstration of self-service baggage handling.
Belfast International Airport has announced the success of its dedicated solar power plant, with more than £100,000 worth of savings during the first ten months of operation.
Located just a third of a mile away, and cited as being the largest solar energy connection in the UK and Ireland to an airport, the £5million solar plant, named Crookedstone Solar Farm, is generating over 25% of its yearly electricity requirements.
In addition to the financial rewards, the solar plant, operated by Lightsource, is also contributing to the reduction in carbon emissions. It has been estimated that Crookedstone will save 2,100 tonnes in carbon emissions in each year of operation, improving environmental performance.
Belfast International Airport has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Lightsource for 25 years.
It has been announced that the sale of 14 regional airports in Greece, first agreed in 2015, has now been finalised.
The €1.3 billion deal was agreed in the final quarter of 2015 to Fraport and Slentel Ltd, and was signed yesterday by the Greek ministers for finance, transport and defence. Part of the agreement includes the concession that the Fraport consortium will ‘use, operate and develop the airports over a 40-year period.’
Within the first four years, the consortium will upgrade the airports, which include the sites on the major tourist destination islands of Mykonos, Corfu and Santorini, and will ‘maintain and preserve service levels for the whole duration.’
Greece will retain ownership of the facilities and infrastructure, and the consortium will pay a yearly lease figure of €22.9 million.
The privatisation of the regional airports was originally agreed within the framework of the EU bailout in the summer of 2015. The €86 billion bailout also included the privatisation of ports and other Greek assets.