Terminal Transformation Project

Aberdeen International Airport is currently investing in a comprehensive transformation of the passenger facilities. This three year project will deliver a 50% increase in the size of the terminal, including:

  • Coming autumn 2019: Two exciting new catering options.
  • Landed easter 2019: Reconfiguration of departure lounge, increase floor space and introduce new retail outlets.
  • Complete: Larger and enhanced security search area and new World Duty Free, Rolling Luggage, WH Smith bookstore and WH Smith retail
  • Complete: New international and domestic baggage reclaim facilities.
  • Complete: Two new first floor business lounges.
  • Complete: New immigration, domestic, and international arrivals facilities.

Phase one of the project commenced in mid-2016 and was completed by June 2017. This phase involved the construction of a two-storey extension to the south of the existing terminal, making space for new arrivals and immigrations facilities, and new business lounges on the upper level. 

Phase two was completed on Tuesday 19 June 2018, and includes a new security central search featuring fully automated security equipment, decompression area with sense of place lighting, enhanced and larger World Duty Free shopping experience. Additional retail offerings include WHSmith, Rolling Luggage, and a new WHSmith bookstore. A new purpose-built toilet facility will be delivered later this year which includes an adult changing facility.  

Preparatory work for the third and final phase of the Terminal Transformation project began in May 2018.  Completed early 2019 the reconfiguration of the departure lounge has increased the airside area and provided new shops and restaurants.  

Still to come in autumn 2019 are two new catering options to complement add to our existing offering and the delivery of these will see the completion of the Terminal Transformation project, ending our four year journey to improve your airport.

We are committed to minimising the impact of construction activity on our passengers. However, we would appreciate your patience and understanding whilst we transform the airport.  Regular progress updates will be provided on our website and social media channels so please follow us on Twitter or Facebook for all the latest information during this exciting time.

15326 Aberdeen Timeline Graphic 

Project timeline:

  • 2015: Demolition of vacant building to make way for new terminal extension.
  • March 2016: Works commence to upgrade electrical infrastructure.
  • 22 April 2016: International arrivals route modified as part of enabling construction works. This will be clearly signposted and staff will be on hand to assist.
  • 23 May 2016: Temporary Domestic and International Baggage Reclaim Facilities to be launched.
  • July 2016: Foundations and ground works are completed and erection of the steel structure commences.
  • September 2016: Steel structure complete, pouring of floor slabs and installation of roof commences.
  • December 2016: External wall cladding and windows in place and terminal extension officially water tight. 
  • 22 May 2017: International baggage reclaim construction complete and handed over to the airport.
  • 30 May 2017: International baggage reclaim opens to passengers.
  • July 2017: Domestic baggage reclaim opens to passengers.
  • August 2017: Demolitions commence to clear space for the construction of new security search.
  • October 2017: Strip-out of all existing services from the new search area.
  • November 2017: Construction of new floor slab and erection of steel support completed.
  • December 2017: New retail areas defined.
  • January 2018: New flooring laid and retail areas handed over to teams to fit-out.
  • February 2018: New security equipment ordered.
  • June 2018: New and enlarged security search, and retail facilities opens to passengers.
  • April 2019: Reconfigured departure lounge and increased retail offering.
  • Autumn 2019: Additional catering options and the end of our journey to transform your airport facilities.

A Royal opening
Watch as HRH The Dutchess of Rothesay opens our terminal extension

Red Hot Chilli Pipers open International Arrivals
See what happened when we surprised the first passengers to walk through our new International Arrivals area...