November 28, 2016 5:19 pm
Updated: November 28, 2016 5:34 pm

Fredericton airport deploying temporary security line solution, waiting for major renovation

WATCH ABOVE: Steps are being taken to reduce the often lengthy wait times for people using Fredericton International Airport, but as Global's Jeremy Keefe reports, even airport officials are calling it a band-aid solution to a problem that's out of control.


As the Fredericton International Airport continues its push for a multi-million dollar expansion, crews have begun a much smaller-scale project aimed at alleviating one of the facilities biggest problems — security wait times.

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Peak hours at the undersized airport often force passengers to wait for long amounts of time just to pass through security. The addition of a second security line aims to combat some of that issue, however officials aren’t calling it the perfect fix.

“Sometimes we’ve seen lines that go all the way to the outside, so this is to provide a better consumer service,” said Fredericton Airport President and CEO Johanne Gallant. “It’s kind of a short term solution for now.”

The plans for a major airport renovation have been public knowledge for some time.

Officials say they have been prepared for construction since the end of 2015, but are still lobbying for the $30 million in funding they require.

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In the meantime they plan to institute this temporary fix — but say the decision wasn’t an easy one.

“We’re going to take space from the old room which is the secure side, space we don’t really have to give at this point,” explained Gallant. “But we felt this is important to the consumer to be able to flow more efficiently through the line.”

Construction on the second security line has already begun and will only take place during off-peak hours in order to lessen the negative impact to customers.

It’s expected to be completed by February 2017.

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