Prague Airport opens new security station

Terminal 2 will be able to handle more passengers traveling in the Schengen Area

A new central security control station at Terminal 2 of Václav Havel Airport Prague is in full operation. The new security check point will significantly increase the airport's handling capacity and at the same time increase the comfort of passengers flying within the Schengen Area.

The Schengen Area includes much of the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Countries not in the zone are Ireland, the UK, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania.

The zone creates a single jurisdiction and eliminates border checks.

The new central security control station is the largest development project implemented at Terminal 2 since its opened in 2006.

“Prague Airport has seen record increases in passenger numbers for several consecutive years. This increases the demands on our operating capacities, which we are continuously expanding through development projects within the existing airport,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors of airport operator Prague Airport (Letiště Praha), said in a press release.

“These [projects] include building modifications as well as putting new technologies into operation. The new Terminal 2 security control station is a combination of these two approaches, and one of the short-term development projects that we are currently implementing,” Řehoř said.

In total, Prague Airport invested Kč 200 million in new security control at Terminal 2, including new technologies and construction.

The security control station has eight fully automated and six manual X-ray lines. The automated lanes offer passengers a system where up to three passengers can be prepared in a single lane at the same time due to the parallel placement of luggage and items.

There is an automatic conveyor system that allows passengers to separate luggage that needs additional security checks from luggage that will not need to pass through a check. The X-rays also have a much more convenient system for unmanned transport of large-volume boxes than the existing systém.

Thanks to these new technological elements, the security stations will be able to handle up to 2,500 passengers per hour, increasing the hourly security capability of Terminal 2 passengers by up to 40 percent. The area of the new stations, which is much larger and airier will also contribute to the increased comfort of the passengers.

“In the future, we expect the introduction of other major modern technologies into the new security control stations. For example, we plan to purchase body scanners and eventually replace manual lanes with automatic, which could mean a further increase in the capacity for checking in passengers in the future. These steps, however, will be realized primarily with regard to the future development of the air transport market,” Řehoř said.

The opening of a new security station at Terminal 2 means the end of operation of the earlier one that had been at the airport since the terminal opened in 2006.

The space that has been freed up will be used by Prague Airport to build a brand new commercial zone with new restaurants and shops.

Václav Havel Airport Prague opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport, and celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017. This name change to honor the late former president took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been his 76th birthday. 

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