15 MARCH 2010
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LONDON CITY AIRPORT has opened up a new security zone, closing the existing restaurant area within the terminal to make way for the facility. Two new search lanes effectively add 50% to the airport’s throughput capacity. This new facility is part of a £7m revamp of the complete terminal building with the introduction of a mezzanine floor above the existing check-in and airline desks and the removal of not just the restaurant but the kitchen area serving it. Whilst the current security area will be retained for overflow purposes, for the most part future passengers will take the escalator to the first floor and then turn right into a completely new zone, emerging behind the main retail area. The enhancement work will all take place during the airport's closure times to ensure there is no disruption to passengers. The project, which is subject to certain approvals, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010. This follows a number of complaints that the airport’s much publicised ten-minute check-in was not working, causing substantial queues. Sadly, with all the new rules in place, no airport anywhere is the world can offer a ten-minute check-in.
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