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New security technology and Aerohub Business Park for Cornwall Airport

Newquay's Cornwall Airport has awarded Morpho Detection the contract to supply it with the new passenger and baggage screening technology.

The solutions will be used to screen passengers and baggage for explosives and contraband.

Following competitive tendering, Cornwall Airport Newquay selected Morpho’s compact CTX 5800 explosives detection system (EDS) to screen all passenger checked baggage.

In addition, Morpho will supply baggage handling system (BHS) components, including conveyers, to enable a fully-automated hold baggage screening programme.

As a result, Cornwall Airport Newquay will be the first UK airport to comply with Department for Transport regulations mandating Standard 3-approved EDS to screen all hold baggage by September 2018.

At the checkpoint, Morpho will supply cabin baggage X-ray systems and walkthrough metal detectors to facilitate a robust, multi-layered approach to checkpoint security. 

Richard Thomasson, the airport's operations manager, says: “As a rapidly growing regional airport we want to stay at the forefront of security, service and facilities provision.

"The new screening equipment shows our commitment to customer service improvement and will help us continue to provide a high-level of aviation security at the airport.”

While Morpho Detection's president and CEO, Karen Bomba, enthuses: "We commend Cornwall Airport Newquay for being the first UK airport to meet the September 2018 mandate and is excited to be their partner in upgrading and expanding hold baggage and checkpoint screening capabilities.

“By investing in localised sales and service support, Morpho has created unmatched, field-proven solutions for airports of all sizes to meet current and emerging security challenges and regulatory mandates.” 

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In other news the UK's Aviation Minister, Robert Goodwill, visited Cornwall Airport Newquay today to see how government investment is helping the airport go from strength to strength.

The minister toured the airport, which generates millions of pounds for the Cornish economy per year, and officially opened the Aerohub Business Park within the already established enterprise zone – Aerohub at Cornwall Airport Newquay.

Passenger numbers at Cornwall Airport Newquay increased by 15% to 252,000 last year.

This is forecast to increase to 375,000 this year thanks to the introduction of new routes, including a Newquay to Leeds Bradford service funded by the government’s £7 million Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

The government also provides financial support for the Newquay to London Gatwick service.

Following Cornwall Council’s announcement that it was removing the £5 airport development fee levy from 27 March, the airport has seen the introduction of a number of new routes for summer 2016 including Aberdeen, Doncaster, Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow, Alicante, Frankfurt-Hahn as well as an increased schedule to Dublin.

These are in addition to the existing routes, including year-round flights to Manchester and London Gatwick and daily direct flights between Newquay and the Isles of Scilly. Other existing routes include Birmingham, London Stansted, Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Düsseldorf from Summer 2016.
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The airport’s success has been boosted by the Aerohub Enterprise Zone, launched in 2011, which has generated hundreds of jobs and attracted new businesses. 

The business park opened by the minister today, will accommodate over 2,000,000 ft² of hangar space, offices and manufacturing, and is expected to generate thousands jobs.

Robert Goodwill said: "The growth in new routes and passenger numbers at Cornwall Airport Newquay has been significant and it is great to see the positive benefits this is bringing to the local community.

"Our smaller airports are vital engines for local economies, connecting the UK and opening up opportunities which is why we are determined to continue supporting them.

"The Aerohub has made a real difference to the local economy, generating hundreds of jobs and attracting new businesses and is a real success story for the government’s enterprise zones programme. The new business park will help deliver even more economic growth."

 

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