Darwin International Airport will be among one of the first airports in Australia to install advanced Computed Tomography checked baggage and passenger screening systems with works scheduled to begin this week.
The new screening equipment provides enhanced capabilities whilst maximising passenger throughput.
NT Airports acting CEO Ross Baynes said: "We have always prioritised safety and security; we want to keep our customers safe, ease their transition through our airport and provide peace of mind for everyone."
"Our airport will be equipped with cutting edge security technology on par with the best airports internationally. This will not only lead to fewer physical bag searches, but greater ease for passengers passing through our screening points".
While works are being carried out, the main security screening point in the terminal will be closed until mid-December. During this period, passenger security screening will take place at the alternative security screening point located on ground floor at the eastern end of the terminal.
"We anticipate there will be minimal disruption to passengers whilst we carry out the security equipment upgrades, as the alternative eastern screening point offers the same capabilities and number of lanes as the main screening point. There will be no need for passengers to arrive any earlier than the normal check-in times advised by their airline," Mr Baynes said.
The installation of the advanced CT screening equipment is just the beginning in a series of major upgrades planned for Darwin International Airport in the next year.
The next phase of works expected to start early next year will see the installation of self-service check in kiosks and auto bag drops.
The self-service automation equipment is designed to reduce queues by increasing speed and operational efficiency resulting in an improved customer experience.
"Following the installation of the self-service check in kiosks and auto bag drops, we will start work on fitting four new state of the art aerobridges. Overall, we will be spending circa $30 million in the next year in upgrades to our airport terminal to improve safety, security and efficiency for the travelling public," Mr Baynes said.
The advanced CT checked baggage and passenger screening systems will also be installed Alice Springs Airport with works anticipated to start in February 2019.
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