Newcastle International Airport in North East England, in partnership with the UK Border Force, is to install five ABC eGates in summer 2018.
The new ABC eGates are part of a multi-million pound investment which sees the arrivals hall significantly expanded and improved.
The self-service machines use facial recognition technology to verify the passenger’s identity against data stored in the chip in their biometric passport.
The new ePassport gates will be available to use for all those aged 12 or above holding UK, EEA and Swiss passports.
The extension to the passenger terminal will house 448 sq m of additional floor space for the immigration area, as well as 110 sq m of space at the departure gates, and has been constructed around normal day-to-day operations by County Durham-based firm, Esh Group.
Richard Knight, Director of Operations at Newcastle International Airport:
“I’m delighted with how well work is progressing on our improved and expanded arrivals hall and can’t wait to unveil the space, as well as the brand new ePassport gates, to our customers.
“At Newcastle, we pride ourselves on our low queue times across the airport and with passenger numbers through the terminal increasing, this expansion will play a big role in ensuring we can help passengers head home following a wonderful trip or experience all that the North East has to offer as a visitor as speedily as possible.”
Christina Brown, Border Force Assistant Director for Newcastle International Airport:
“Increasing the use of digital technology at the border is part of Border Force’s commitment to improve the passenger experience.
“We must protect our borders, but we also want to encourage people who boost our economy through tourism and business to travel to the UK. This means ensuring their arrival in the UK is dealt with as swiftly and efficiently as possible while maintaining the integrity and security of the UK’s border.”
In 2016 Newcastle was the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom.
The airport doesn’t mention the ABC eGates supplier, but it will almost certainly be Portuguese company Vision-Box.
Vision-Box has deployed or will deploy ABC eGates at these U.K. airports:
- East Midland
- London – Heathrow
- London – London City
- London – Gatwick
- London – Luton
- London – Stansted
- and more to come
Vision-Box are regarded as the leading company in ABC eGates worldwide and have many successful deployments across the globe.
N.B. Image credit: Newcastle International Airport (NCL)