Thursday 28 July 2016

Dublin Airport to splash out €15m to 'modernise' Terminal 1

Published 07/03/2016 | 10:32

One of 15 new Automatic Tray Return Machines, Security Screening, Terminal 1.
One of 15 new Automatic Tray Return Machines, Security Screening, Terminal 1.

Dublin Airport has invested €15m in modernising the departures floor and the security screening area in Terminal 1.

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A large chunk of the investment has been spent on the delivery of 15 new automatic tray return systems (ATRS) in the passenger security screening area.

Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison, said Terminal 1 has had over 400 million passengers since its inception 44 years ago and is now renovating it on a phased basis.

The new ATRS are six metres longer than previous machines with the aim to provide more preparation space for passengers.

Dublin Airport says that early trials of the new system have sped up the processing time.

“We understand the security screening process can be a stressful element of the departing journey and we are constantly looking at ways to improve that area in particular,” according to Mr Harrison.

“We are confident the new ATRS machines, which are much quieter and more efficient, will improve the overall ambience of the area giving our customers a better experience,” he added.

Five of the new machines have already been installed, the remainder will be in place by the end of May.

More than 200 of the 350 new jobs recently announced by daa are being recruited to security screening and compliance areas.

Other improvements to the departures floor have seen the removal of airline ticket desks from window areas, allowing for more natural light to flow over the concourse.

Dublin Airport had its busiest year ever last year with a record 25 million passengers travelling through the airport in 2015. Passenger growth is expected to continue this year with 11 new scheduled and two new charter services already announced for 2016.

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