Advanced screening equipment is being introduced to Perth Airport, as part of the Australian government’s mandate to strengthen aviation security on a domestic and international level.

Estimated to cost AUS$13m, the significant security upgrade will see the introduction of new CT X-rays for checked baggage screening across all terminals. The new CT X-ray machines will use 3D technology to make it easier to detect suspect goods, and will improve the efficiency of the screening process.

Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown said the airport’s top priority is to ensure the safety and security of passengers and anyone else visiting or working at the airport. “While security efforts at passenger screening points is obvious, what people don’t see is that each checked-in bag is screened prior to being loaded onto an aircraft,” Brown explained. “This behind-the-scenes process is crucial to ensuring we keep air travel safe and secure.”

Perth-based construction company Georgiou Group has been tasked with delivering the project, which will also see the creation of new jobs in the area.

Steve Okill, building general manager at Georgiou, said: “We have a solid understanding of what Perth Airport expects when it comes to infrastructure upgrades, and look forward to delivering another high-quality upgrade to PAPL [Perth Airport Pty Ltd].”

Okill added: “As this project spans all four terminals, our priority will be to minimise disruption to operations, while utilising innovation to provide time and cost savings.”

Alongside upgrades to the checked baggage screening process, the airport has also started to update its passenger screening infrastructure across all terminals.