ALICANTE-ELCHE Airport is in the process of expanding their passport control area.
The works that begun in October last year and are expected to be completed in June of this year is partly due to the UK leaving the European Union (EU) in March 2019 and new EU regulations calling for increased control and passenger safety.
With almost 6,000,000 passengers using the airport from the UK every year, they will need to go through different passport control then they currently do and so the facilities are being improved and increased to cope with the extra demand.
The total cost for the enhancements is €1,116,800 and will see an extension of 900 square metres made up of 694m2 for passport control and 206m2 for new toilets.
During the second phase of the works – also hoped to be completed for the summer – the number of passport checking booths, both manual and automatic, will be increased. That is expected to cost €900,000.
Currently, in addition to the 26 passport checking areas, there are six automatic machines that allow the identity of the passenger to be verified quicker. The new system also checks fingerprints and uses facial recognition technology.