Bristol Airport opens expanded immigration hall complete with new interview rooms and drugs lab

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:30 18 July 2017

Bristol Airport had Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis open its expanded immigration hall alongside its chief executive Robert Sinclair. Picture: Simon Galloway

Bristol Airport had Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis open its expanded immigration hall alongside its chief executive Robert Sinclair. Picture: Simon Galloway

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Bristol Airport has expanded its immigration hall and it has now been officially opened.

Immigration at Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol AirportImmigration at Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol Airport

The hall features 10 of the latest ePassport gates, which provide a fast route through border control.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis visited the airport to open the hall, which has not only been expanded but also re-designed to give Border Force officers a clearer view of passengers.

The number of interview rooms at the airport has also gone from two to four, and a new drug-testing lab has been set up.

Mr Lewis said: “This refurbishment is an excellent example of how effectively Border Force works with airport operators to provide an efficient and secure service for tourists, business visitors and Britons returning home.”

Bristol Airport.Bristol Airport.

The airport’s chief executive Robert Sinclair said he was ‘delighted’ to welcome Mr Lewis to the airport.

He added: “This new facility will help Border Force carry out this vital work in a modern, professional environment with support from the latest available technology.”

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