Palmerston North Airport to trial temporary screening contingency plan

1 September 2021

Palmerston North Airport’s contingency plan for passenger and carry-on bag screening is set to be trialled this week from Friday 3 September to Wednesday 8 September.

The trial will involve the installation of screens within the existing passenger departures area, the creation of a temporary entry and screening point next to Touch & Go Café, and the installation of a partition within the departures and arrivals lobby to separate arriving and departing passengers.

There will be no actual passenger or carry-on bag screening performed and no screening of checked bags will be undertaken.

“PNAL has an ongoing focus on improving business resilience”, says PNAL Chief Executive David Lanham.

“The trial of the screening contingency plan is crucial should the Government require regional airports including Palmerston North Airport to introduce passenger and carry-on baggage screening at short notice in the future”.

PNAL’s Terminal Development Plan provides a permanent solution for passenger and bag screening should it become mandatory at a future date. With this project predicted to not be completed until late 2024, there is a need to consider how a contingency plan might operate during the interim period should it be necessary.

“The trial will enable us to test our contingency plan, to ensure it is fit for purpose, and importantly to understand the impact on the customer flow and experience within the terminal”, Mr Lanham says.