First Minister unveils £20m investment plan for Aberdeen International Airport
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP today (Monday 1 February 2016) visited Aberdeen International Airport to unveil details of what will be the single largest investment in the airport since the current terminal opened its doors in 1977.
A total of £20 million will be invested in the airport resulting in a 50% increase in the size of the terminal building and with it, a comprehensive transformation of current passenger facilities.
Included within the investment is the creation of two new passenger lounges, an expanded baggage reclaim area, a new security search area, new immigration facilities and new retail and catering facilities within the main departures lounge.
The first phase of what will be a three year project will get underway in May 2016. This will involve the construction of a two-storey extension to the south of the existing terminal building. At ground level, the extension will accommodate all facilities for international arriving passengers as well as domestic baggage reclaim. Two business lounges will be located on the upper level.
Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “Not only does this investment represent the most significant upgrade to the airport since the current terminal first opened in 1977, it demonstrates our commitment to providing passengers with high quality facilities.
“We have long recognised the need to expand the terminal and we are doing so with the long term future of the airport in mind. It is one of the most important pieces of transport infrastructure in the North East of Scotland and it plays a crucial role in supporting the wider economy. Now more than ever, it is vital that we invest in our airport to help improve the region’s attractiveness as a key investment destination and that we provide passengers, airlines and the city with an airport they can all be proud of.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This investment by Aberdeen International Airport and its owners shows great ambition and confidence in the Airport's future in preparing for projected growth. By increasing capacity and improving the passenger experience, the Airport is making a clear statement of intent and the North East and Scotland will see the benefit.
“Aberdeen is a fantastic city with lots to offer and the airport is a crucial gateway to the North East. This expansion opens up the city to even more tourists and businesses, which will result in an economic boost for the city and the country as a whole.”
James Bream Research & Policy Director at Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said: "The investment is fantastic news for Aberdeen International Airport and its customers. The airport is our gateway to regional and international markets and the ambitious development plans are fitting for a globally significant city
"We have recently spoken about the need for long-term investment and planning to ensure a sustainable future for our region. We welcome this announcement as a vote of confidence in our long-term economic future"
Mark McDonald, MSP for Aberdeen Donside said:
“This investment in Aberdeen Airport is another welcome boost to the local economy, following closely on the back of the City Region Deal.
“Aberdeen Airport is a major part of the North East economy, and it is great to see the owners of the airport showing such confidence in both the business itself, but also the wider region as they invest for a state of the art terminal, fit for the future.
“I am delighted to see this investment and believe that it gives further reason to be optimistic for the future of the airport and the local economy.”
For the full details of the project, visit aberdeenairport.com/transformation.