4 OCTOBER 2021
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Since the start of the pandemic Southend Airport has arguably suffered the worse of any regional UK airport with the loss of its two major carriers for 2022.
Ryanair has pulled out citing the rationalisation of its UK routes, and easyJet no longer has any East Anglia bases having closed Stansted as well as Southend.
Confident of its future the airport, owner LSE listed Esken Ltd, has installed two new baggage x-ray machines able to process up to 3,600 bags every hour.
The X-ray screening equipment (HI-SCAN 10080 XCT) developed by Smiths Detection is the next generation high-speed checked baggage system. The data generated provides the highest resolution images possible to optimise detection performance whilst also offering 3D technology.
The airport has also recently announced a new trial lane within security which allows passengers to leave liquids and laptops within bags taken onboard their flight, in a further bid to make the airport more appealing to passengers.
Glyn Jones, CEO, Southend Airport, said: “The aviation industry is one of the worst hit by the pandemic, challenges remain yet we are pleased to welcome passengers to the airport and continue to invest into our excellent customer experience.
“As travel restrictions ease, so too will passenger confidence and demand, we believe the airport has a bright future and continue to invest to bring local economic benefits, from connectivity to employment. The new hold bag system will ensure efficiency when processing passengers bags onto flights whilst maximising security via new x-ray screening technology.”
The airport clearly believes that this major investment will reap rewards for next year with new airlines and the return of popular destinations.
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