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Airport improvements

In October 2011, a £10 million runway extension at Aberdeen Airport was completed.

The 124 metre extension is designed to significantly extend the reach of Aberdeen Airport, allowing airlines to operate bigger and faster aircraft, and travel further than even direct from Aberdeen.

An independent study, prepared by York Aviation, assessed the economic impact arising from this investment. The report suggests that the new runway extension will:

  • Generate an additional 205,000 passengers by 2015.
  • Contribute an additional £20.3 million for the city and shire economy, and create an additional 110 jobs locally by 2015.
  • Lead to as many as 30,000 extra visitors to the region every year, spending up to £6.4 million annually

As well as the runway extension, the airport is embarking on an ambitious capital investment programme, worth around £100 million over the next two decades.

The airport is currently investing some £10 million on a radical reshaping of the terminal building. This will deliver a step change in the customer experience, with:

  • a new purpose built security search area
  • a major expansion of the departure lounge
  • new airline lounges
  • extra capacity in the international arrivals hall, including larger baggage reclaim belts
  • new shops and restaurants

Work on this project has commenced and is expected to be phased over a number of years.

Longer term, the airport also has plans to build additional aircraft parking stands, upgrade its baggage systems, build new taxiways to improve operational efficiency and safeguard land to allow for further runway capacity, if and when demand requires it.