Standing in long queues at security is a major bugbear for any airport user, particularly for families travelling in the school holidays. Perhaps we should all move north of the border because Glasgow Airport has recently been revealed as the gold standard when it comes to clearing security quickly.
A survey was carried out on seven major UK airports by the Civil Aviation Authority, during which time 27,000 passengers had their say. The airports surveyed were London’s Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted, Scotland’s Edinburgh and Glasgow, plus Manchester.
The average wait to pass through security screening at Glasgow was a mere 3.3 minutes, as compared with 6 minutes at fellow Scottish airport Edinburgh, and 9 minutes at Stansted.
99.6% of Glasgow passengers waited less than 10 minutes and 97.3% less than 5 minutes. At Stansted only 80% of passengers clear security in under 10 minutes.
The length of time that screening takes depends on the number of passengers having to remove items such as jackets and belts, as well of course as the number of items of luggage needing to be screened, to say nothing of the number of travellers who, years on, still seem to be confused about the restriction on taking liquids through security!
Glasgow Airport has invested millions of pounds on security after an attempted terrorist attack in 2007 when a jeep, packed with explosives, was driven at the terminal building. A new hub was opened a year later and in 2012 Glasgow was the first airport in the country to introduce a state-of-the-art scanning system for boarding passes.
The good news for Glasgow comes a month after it recorded its busiest July for 6 years, due in part to the Commonwealth Games.
The airport hit the news again this week with the announcement of four new routes to Prague, Antalya in Turkey, Malta and Larnaca in Cyprus.