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IOM Airport baggage handling upgrade in final stages

The Isle of Man Airport’s project to upgrade its baggage conveyor system and x-ray machines in time for the regulatory deadline on 1 September is now in its final stages.

Under EU regulations and the UK Aviation Security Programme, the airport is required to install Standard 2 X-ray machines by 1 September 2012, or it would lose its UK “domestic” airport status and no hold bags could be carried by the airlines.

Work began in April to replace the ‘back of house’ baggage conveyor system, which included building a new structure to accommodate the baggage system. The airport has also taken delivery of three new Standard 2 X-ray machines.

Ann Reynolds, Airport Director, said “The project is on programme to be operational for the deadline of 1 September 2012, and this is the last phase of major works within the check-in area of the Terminal. There will be times during the next three weeks when passengers will be asked to drop off their bags elsewhere on the ground floor of the Terminal, before proceeding to the Departures Lounge. Naturally we will try to keep any disruption to a minimum”.