Gatwick to run self-boarding gate trial to slash queue times

Gatwick Airport is to run an end-to-end bio-metrics trial for self-boarding gates lasting months in an effort to slash waiting times and allow timely departures.

The airport will run the trial in partnership with easyJet and the self-boarding technology will use data collected from passengers to verify their passport, face and boarding pass match together.

Gatwick Airport is anticipating that the process will allow passengers ease and time-saving. The airport stated that passengers can be through in as little as 20 seconds.

Gatwick COO, Chris Woodroofe, stated: “Gatwick prides itself on providing innovative solutions to enhance the passenger experience at every touch point.

With the rate of growth we have experienced, it is essential we are able to find more efficient ways of processing passengers through the airport safely and securely.

Self-boarding technology is the obvious next piece in the jigsaw following extensive investment in our automated check-in and security processing areas.”