Immigration Controls: Heathrow Airport

Home Office written question – answered on 18th September 2017.

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Photo of Gavin Robinson Gavin Robinson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many ePassport gates there are in each terminal at Heathrow Airport; and what proportion of those gates were operational in each month between August 2016 and August 2017.

Photo of Gavin Robinson Gavin Robinson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the use of ePassport gates on queue waiting times at Heathrow Airport.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister for Immigration

There are a total of 69 ePassport gates across the 4 Heathrow terminals:

Terminal 2 = 15

Terminal 3 = 15

Terminal 4 = 10

Terminal 5 = 24 in main arrivals hall and 5 in International/Domestic Transfer area

An average of 1 million passengers use the eGates every month, across Heathrow, which is 79.4% of the total number of passengers who are eligible. Whilst the number of eGates open is demand led, current performance addresses volume of passengers with very limited wait times.

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