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Airport 'skyhub' plans revealed


Glasgow Airport has unveiled details of a £30million extension to its main building that will see all passengers flying out from the same terminal, speed up security checks and increase retail space. The development is part of a plan to help the airport cope with the growing numbers of passengers.

The new two-storey building, labelled 'skyhub', will bring bigger and better duty free shopping and include a purpose-built screening area for all travellers, which will mean most checks will take less than 5 minutes. Work on the extension, to the right of the main terminal building at the eastern end of the terminal and the T2 check-in building, is to start this month and the building expected to be operational in 18 months.

Under the plans, the current 3 separate security areas will be replaced by one large screening zone before the end of next year. The current search areas will then be converted to shops and passenger lounges in 2009.

The 4000 sq metre two-storey extension will include a 'flagship' World Duty Free store - that will be twice the size of the current one in international departures. Most of the airport's existing stores, cafes and bars - currently accessible to passengers and visitors - will be only be available after travellers have undergone security checks.

A spokesman for Glasgow Airport said: 'The new central search area will allow us to employ our staff and technology more effectively, because all our resources will be in one place. This will allow us to reduce queue times and speed up check times.' The new screening zone will be on the second floor of the building and will be fitted with 14 X-ray machines, 4 more than present.

BAA's representative also said the plan will allow it to cut energy usage across the airport, as well as make it easier to get to the airport using public transport in an attempt to reduce the number of journeys by car.

The expansion is the airport's largest since its £100 million terminal redevelopment in 1994, and part of a £290 million programme over the next decade as passenger numbers increase from 9 million to up to 24 million by 2030.

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