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Hi-tech scanners

Bahrain News
Fri, 15 Apr 2016
By Sandeep Singh Grewal


Bahrain: New high-tech security screening equipment will be part of the modernised Bahrain International Airport, according to a top official.

“The security screening will feature body scanners, X-ray machines for baggage handling and other equipment,” Bahrain Airport Company Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP) development director Derek Hendry said.

“We will make sure everything complies with international standards.”

He was speaking to the GDN on the sidelines of the second annual Bahrain International Airport Development Forum (BIADF) 2016 that concluded at the Movenpick Hotel, Bahrain yesterday.

The BIA is undergoing a massive $1.1 billion expansion and will feature a new 201,467sqm terminal building, which includes a 4,600sqm departure hall, 108 check-in counters, 36 passport control booths and 24 security screening points.

Mr Hendry said an agreement was signed in January this year between the Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry and L3 Communications for designing, manufacturing and installing the new passenger screening equipment for the new terminal.

He said they were using “reliable, robust and efficient” technology for the project.

Moving to the safety aspect, he said a new fire station will also be built as part of the AMP.

“It will be similar to the present fire station at the airport but will be upgraded with new offices, a watch tower and a training facility for the staff.

“We are also building a new access security gate – super gate – at the end of the airfield that will become the main access point for airport staff working on the airfield.”

The BIADF is being held under the patronage of Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed, with more than 30 leading companies showcasing latest technology and products.

He said the new facility will have automated check-in kiosks in addition to 108 check-in-counters, lounge facilities and fully automated baggage handling systems complete with automated early bag
storage.

Challenges

Mr Hendry said they were proceeding as per the plan with the airport expansion but one of their challenges was to complete the project next to an operational airport.

Once completed by 2019 the new passenger terminal will be four times the size of the current airport.

It has been designed to accommodate 14 million passengers per annum and be able to accommodate 130,000 air traffic movements per year with a baggage handling capacity of 4,700 bags per peak hour.

sandy@gdn.com.bh