Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
11:01 AM 18th June 2020

Manchester Airport Introduces Pre-Booked Security Slots

Manchester Airport has become the first in the UK to introduce pre-booked security slots as it begins the uphill struggle of restoring traveller confidence.

The trial, which starts this week, means passengers now have the opportunity to pre-book a free 15-minute slot, enabling them to benefit from access to a dedicated lane straight to the security checkpoint so that they can reach the departure lounge quicker.

The initiative will also allow airport staff to manage passenger volumes more efficiently by reducing queuing. The availability of slots is limited and will be operated on a first come first served basis, through online booking.

Passengers are encouraged to make a booking around two hours before their flight departure time and are asked to arrive within the chosen slot. Those arriving outside the allocated time will not be able to access the dedicated line and will be redirected to the security queue, which may be longer than usual given social distancing measures that the airport now has in place.

The trial is part of a series of measures introduced by Manchester Airport to ensure passengers feel safer and more confident about travelling by air, particularly when travel demand starts to grow again in the near future.

Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said:

“We are exploring every innovation and technology that can help us to adapt to the new world, protect public health and restore confidence in air travel.

“This new measure will allow us to manage our security process more efficiently in these challenging times, providing a better and more comfortable experience for passengers.”

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