Airports often require flexible layouts. The modern day airport has evolved dramatically with the introduction of low cost travel and budget package holidays. Vigilant and ever improving security standards, right from check-in to the runway, means that often security requirements change faster than spaces can be re-designed.
As more and more of us are making use of low cost airlines, airports are having to provide facilities to enable high turnaround and quick efficient crowd control. With the high turnaround of passengers check-in zones, security screening, passport-control and baggage claim areas are having to be more adaptable and efficient in funnelling travellers through the process of both arrivals and departures. As in any high throughput venue there is a need for flexible first aid facilities, and with the stresses of travel, airports see their fair share of medical incidents.
And differing policies for each airline mean permanent solutions can be find hard to provide and open plan layouts are becoming the most versatile use of space. Utilising flexible and portable partition screens is a cost-effective way for terminals to solve crowd flow issues, block off medical incidents, and provide effective queuing barriers.
Printed, portable partition screens KwickScreen are able to provide a unique solution to all these needs and are therefore receiving interest from airports worldwide.
Geneva Airport had a requirement to provide a segregated security room at the gate for passengers flying with United Airline. The layout of the gate did not accommodate for this and building such a facility would cost too much and take up otherwise valuable space. To solve this need for a flexible security zone 5 portable partition screens were purchased and printed with subtle branding of the airport so as not to look out of place.
Geneva Airport’s Duty Terminal Manager realised that the same solution could be used at their gates where there was no pre-boarding facility for EasyJet passengers. A further four screens were subsequently bought and are being used to pre-board passengers at the gate, preventing planes being delayed by bottlenecks at check in, and helping to minimise turnaround times for EasyJet.
Like the screens used for security, these are double sided printed with the airport’s logo, and create delineated zones for passengers who have checked in.
The four screens can be wheeled across the terminal to create these partitioned zones at each gate whenever required. In Geneva, there are eight gates in their central hub terminal and any two can have passengers boarding planes at any time. It is therefore often the case that two pre-boarding zones are being created at any one time.
So next time you’re returning from skiing, check out the barriers at your gate - it might be using our portable screens to flex its space!