Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, visited Bristol Airport to view a newly installed hold baggage screening system – one of the first in the UK to meet the latest Department for Transport standards which come into force this September.
The £18.7 million project involved a complete redesign of the baggage processing system to incorporate the larger, heavier x-ray machines required to meet the new standards. As well as ensuring compliance with the new regulations, the new baggage system delivers increased capacity enabling the Airport to ensure processing times are not impacted as passenger numbers continue to grow.
Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, said: “The security and safety of our passengers is our top priority and I was impressed to see Bristol’s investment in new technology to achieve this. Through our aviation strategy we will continue to look for new opportunities to protect passengers and airport workers as part of taking a fresh look at aviation sector up to 2050. And we will support regional airports like Bristol, which play an important role in boosting the local economy and providing vital connections.”
Simon Earles, Planning and Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport, said: “We were delighted to welcome Baroness Sugg and proud to showcase areas in which Bristol is leading the way – from implementation of new technology to training for our teams. With the Government in the process of developing a new Aviation Strategy, this was also a timely opportunity to share our own future plans, highlighting the role of Bristol Airport as an engine of growth for the regional economy and the importance of improving surface access to its continued success.”