March target for Gatwick
Mon, 07 Jan, 2008
London Gatwick Airport should be in a position to lift restrictions on hand luggage by March, according to its operator BAA.
Since the discovery of a suspected terrorist plot to blow up airliners using liquid explosives in August 2006, passengers travelling from UK airports have been able to take only one bag into the cabin.
The government today eased that restriction at airports which have put in place the requisite security systems, but London Gatwick Airport was not among the 22 sites able to offer passengers the chance to use two pieces on hand luggage.
However, BAA spokesman Tom Kelly told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "What we're doing at Gatwick is working with the government so that we will be in a position to lift the restriction, hopefully, by the end of March."
The engineering work involved in constructing extra security lanes is a major project, added Mr Kelly.