George Best Belfast City Airport partners with Danske Bank to open digital hub

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George Best Belfast City Airport has opened a new digital hub, known as the Drop Zone and sponsored by Danske Bank to help passengers stay connected.

Designed by Off the Wall and featuring 16 charging points, the Drop Zone offers passengers the chance to sit down while charging their personal electronic devices and using the airport’s free Wi-Fi.

Commenting on the new Drop Zone, which is located in the airport’s departures lounge, Mark Beattie, Operations Director at George Best Belfast City Airport, said: “Its prime location means that each person travelling out of Belfast City Airport, whether it’s for business or leisure, will be able to avail of the comfortable seating area and charging points.”

Belfast City Airport currently serves 18 destinations across the UK and Europe with its seven regional and blue-chip airline partners, including Aer Lingus, British Airways and KLM. The new facility will help the airport’s passengers keep up with work, access entertainment or simply stay connected during their journey.

“We’re really pleased to see the Danske Drop Zone come to life at George Best Belfast City Airport,” said Shaun McAnee, MD of Corporate & Business Banking at Danske Bank. “It is the latest initiative in our mission to help Northern Ireland grow again and provides an opportunity for anyone travelling for work or leisure to stay connected. As the economy opens up again it is important that we make it as easy as possible for our local business people to do business in other parts of the UK and beyond,” he continued.

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Hamad International Airport deploys Smiths Detection latest checkpoint screening technoloty

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Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar is first in the region to deploy Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX. The latest checkpoint screening technology offers advanced screening of carry-on baggage at security checkpoints using Computed Tomography (CT) X-ray. The technology enables airport operators to deliver the highest levels of security internationally and optimises checkpoint performance by expediting the screening processes helping improve the overall passenger experience.

Critically this investment in screening technology will enable passengers to keep electronic devices and liquids in their hand baggage when going through the security checkpoint procedure.

“At HIA, we are always championing the adoption of cutting-edge technologies to ensure operational excellence and deliver a seamless passenger experience,” said Saeed Yousef Al-Sulaiti, VP Security at HIA. “Smiths Detection has a reputation for providing market leading solutions with world-renowned standards for quality. We are proud to be the first airport in the region to introduce the latest CT screening technology available in the industry. HIA is committed to remaining at the forefront of technological advancements to continuously enhance the passenger experience while improving operational efficiency.”

To help safeguard the health and wellbeing of passengers and staff  the new systems will be partnered with fully automated tray return systems integrated with automated UV-C emitting modules that will automatically disinfect the trays before passengers handle them to further safeguard the health and safety of all HIA passengers.

New passenger screening technology has also been selected to replace the previous equipment, with HIA introducing Rohde & Schwarz Millimeter-wave body scanners and CEIA shoe scanners, reducing the need for pat-down search and shoe removal.

The new screening systems are in line with HIA’s mission to optimise various airport operations with smart solutions to cope with the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and are at the heart of the airport’s digital transformation.