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 News - 23-Jun-2011

Mauritius Airport First In Line For New Technology

The Mauritius International Airport has become the first in the world to purchase a brand-new bag screening security system to be deployed in the very near future. The new system, from Morpho Detection Inc., is a state-of-the-art security system designed specifically for explosives detection. Known as the CTX5800, the system was chosen by the airport's manager, China State Construction Engineering Corporation.

The driving force behind the CTX5800 system was the need to provide airports with maximum anti-explosives security while at the same time maintaining efficiency and future scalability. Morpho Detection believes their new system will help airports keep their costs down and increase their return on investment for security screening expenditures. The Mauritius airport will use the new system in combination with the advanced baggage handling capabilities already installed in the airport terminal.

Morpho Detection president and CEO Dennis Cooke said, “Morpho Detection is pleased Mauritius International Airport will use the CTX 5800 to help meet its baggage screening requirements. We are committed to delivering the technologies needed to help meet the security challenges of all airports, regardless of size and passenger volume, and the small footprint CTX 5800 is demonstration of that commitment.”

For security-weary travellers heading for a luxury beach holiday in Mauritius the news is quite welcome. Heightened security programs in place since 2001 have made international travel a nightmare for many. But a new system like the CTX5800 will help streamline the process and get passengers on their flights more quickly. For departing passengers that means a little more time in the sun and surf and less time waiting in line at the airport.

The announcement couldn't come at a better time for the Indian Ocean island as it's currently experiencing a generous upswing in tourist activity. Since the start of 2011, Mauritian tourism has been up nearly 5% over the same period last year. Tourism experts believe that trend will only continue through the end of the year and into 2012.

Making things more complicated are two more resort properties expected to open in the next 18 months, as well as announcements from two major airlines that they will be increasing daily flights to and from Mauritius. Thankfully, the new security system will help minimize the impact of the influx of new passengers.

Europeans, who traditionally make up the vast majority of travellers to Mauritius, stand to benefit the most. It's expected that they will continue to flock to the island in large numbers to enjoy the tropical weather, golfing opportunities, beautiful natural surroundings, and fine luxury resorts. And with Europe's economy in rebound, more and more people are finding they once again have the extra money for a Mauritian holiday.

If the CTX 5800 lives up to expectations there's no reason to believe it won't begin showing up at other airports. Seychelles would be a logical choice, as would Heathrow and some of other international airports of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. For now, the eyes of the tourist world are on Mauritius Airport - we'll see how it goes.

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