Newcastle Airport to deploy ePassport gates

In a recent Future Travel Experience report, a Newcastle International Airport spokesperson outlined the progress on its new international arrival hall, which is set to open ahead of this summer season.

Working in collaboration with UK Border Force, the multi-million pound investment will sees the arrivals hall expanded and improved with five new ePassport gates. The self-service machines use facial recognition technology to verify the user’s identity against data stored in the chip in their biometric passport. The new ePassport gates will be available to use for all passengers aged 12 or above holding UK, EEA and Swiss passports.

The passenger terminal project will add additional floor space for the immigration area and at the departure gates.

“Increasing the use of digital technology at the border is part of Border Force’s commitment to improve the passenger experience,” said Christina Brown, Border Force Assistant Director at Newcastle International Airport. “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.”

According to research from Acuity Market Intelligence, the install base for Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates will increase by 10 percent CAGR over the next five years, and upgrades will bring the increase in total units deployed to nearly 20 percent CAGR.

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