No plans to introduce passport scanning eGates at Cork Airport

No plans to introduce passport scanning eGates at Cork Airport
Cork Airport

There are no plans to introduce passport-scanning eGates at Cork Airport, despite their success in Dublin.

20 eGates were installed in Dublin four months ago and since then more than a million passengers have successfully used them.

The eGates offer certain categories of arriving passengers - passport holders from the European Economic Area and Switzerland who are over 18 years of age and hold a modern, chipped passport - a "self-service" type channel to clear immigration control. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has plans to further improve the service and increase the numbers of passengers using this entry channel.

Labour TD Sean Sherlock asked Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan when similar machines would be installed in Cork Airport but there are no plans to do so.

In his response, the minister said additional e-Gates may be installed at other ports but only when it makes operational and financial sense to do so, based on passenger volumes and predicted usage.

“This will be done in consultation with An Garda Síochána, who have responsibility for frontline immigration controls at airports and ports outside of Dublin Airport and with the relevant airport/port authority,” Mr Flanagan said.

“I’m disappointed that Cork airport is not being considered at this time,” Mr Sherlock said. 

"Passenger numbers are up and anything to ease the flow of passengers through the custom gates should be considered and at the very least, trialled. The more that passengers utilise Cork airport, the more likely that the Government will have to install these machines. 

"It is my hope that they would be installed sooner rather than later.” 

In 2017 Cork Airport served 2.3 million passengers, an increase of 100,000 on the previous year. 29.6 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in 2017.

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