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Aberdeen Airport launches “largest ever” consultation on development blueprint

18/03/2012

The largest public consultation ever held by Aberdeen Airport is now underway, following the release of its ambitious new Master Plan.

The draft document, published earlier this month, sets out how Aberdeen Airport will develop to meet future demand, and compete more effectively against UK and European rivals.

Highlights include a £100 million capital investment plan over the next two decades, major refurbishment of the terminal building, space for further runway expansion as demand requires it, and a 40% rise in passenger numbers by 2040.

A series of public drop in sessions are being held across the north-east from today to give local residents, politicians and business leaders greater insight into the airport’s development plans.

Passengers will also have an opportunity to comment at a drop in session in the terminal next month.

Meanwhile, more than 10,000 copies of a new community newsletter have already been distributed to households, libraries and community centres in Dyce, Cothall, Bucksburn, Stoneywood and Daneston to promote the launch of the draft Master Plan.

And a new email address – Aberdeen_masterplan@baa.com – has been created to capture the views of local people. Details of the drop in sessions have also be posted on Aberdeen Airport’s popular Facebook and Twitter sites.

Derek Provan, managing director of Aberdeen Airport, said: “Aberdeen Airport is a major economic generator for the north east, and it is vital that we have in place a development framework that allows the airport to compete more effectively and attract new business, in what is an intensely competitive aviation market. In doing so, we also need to take in account the impact of a growing airport on the local community, and the Master Plan consultation is key to this. Over the coming weeks, we will be visiting communities across the north-east to share our vision with local residents and to hear their hopes and concerns about future growth. We would encourage anyone with an interest in their local airport to take part in the public consultation.”

Airport head of development Dan Peck, the main author of the draft Master Plan, added: “This is, without doubt, the largest public consultation ever undertaken by Aberdeen Airport. We are determined to reach as many people as we can to ensure that our development plans match the aspirations of the people of the north-east.”

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Notes to the Editor

Public drop in sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • 16 April, Airport Thistle, 9:00am – 12:00noon
  • 30 April, Dyce Community Centre, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • 1 May, Beacon Centre, Bucksburn, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • 2 May, Marischal College, Aberdeen, 10.00am – 3.00pm
  • 3 May, Danestone Community Centre, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • 16 May, Airport terminal building, 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • 16 May, Inverurie Town Hall, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
  • 24 May, Viewmount Council Office, Stonehaven, 6:00pm - onwards
  • 30 May, Buchan Area Community Forum, Auchnagatt Village Hall, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

The public consultation will close on 30 June 2012.

Submissions can be made in writing to Dan Peck, Head of Development, Aberdeen Airport, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 7DU or by emailing Aberdeen_masterplan@baa.com

More information about the draft Master Plan is available online at: www.aberdeenairport.com/masterplan

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