New security lines open at Calgary International Airport

Passengers check in on the departures level at the Calgary International Airport on Monday morning December 17, 2018. The airport is preparing for some of the busiest travel days of the year as Christmas approaches. Gavin Young / Postmedia

Pre-boarding gridlock should be eased by three new domestic flight screening lines, says the Calgary International Airport Authority.

Starting today, the new pre-boarding security lines at concourse B should reduce waiting times by boosting the number of lines from 10 to 13.

“We know guests have had long waits at peak times to be screened for domestic flights and this additional location will help increase capacity and make travel faster and easier,” said Chris Miles, vice-president of operations with the authority.

The two regular lines and one prioritizing families and for special access will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday to Friday.

While the additional service should take the pressure off pre-boarding security at concourses A and C, there could still be some wait times at those two locations, says the airport authority.

Last year, the airport handled 17.3 million passengers, a 6.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

Its growth was spurred by a new international terminal that opened three years ago and a state-of-the-art runway that began operating in 2014.

The screening move is considered an interim measure while the airport authority and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority examine more permanent approaches that will consolidate domestic screening.

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