Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou visited Paphos airport on Tuesday to inaugurate six new interactive passport control booths, which are aimed at speeding up and simplifying the security check process.
Similar border express booths, which can only be used by European nationals with biometric passports, will be introduced at Larnaca airport at both arrivals and departures in the future, he said.
The interactive booths can handle 600 passengers per hour, he said, and would now be trialled for a six-month period.
Police will continue to be responsible for guarding aircraft and airport areas.
The final processes and procedures are being carried out by the Department of Civil Aviation to grant the necessary licences and then ICTS will be “fully in control” by the end of next month, Harpas said.
Harpas said that customer care and satisfaction is a priority for Hermes and that during peak hours it is taking passengers only around ten minutes to clear the central search area.
He added that around 2.3 million travellers are expected to pass through Paphos airport this year and the total for Larnaca and Paphos is expected to be around 9 million.