A £15 million upgrade to the departure lounge is to take place at George Best Belfast City Airport. Enhancements will be made to the departure lounge, while the central security area and hold baggage screening facilities will be improved. A new fleet of fire appliances will also be purchased. Managers at the airport in Northern Ireland believe the capital expenditure will help enhance the passenger journey through the airport, with the upgrade of the changes in the screening area aimed at more efficient processing of departing travellers.
There will be in excess of a 30% increase in retail space, with an expanded offering from World Duty Free and WH Smith. Food and beverage facilities will also be expanded by 25%. Seating will be more than doubled in airside areas, and toilet facilities will be fully refurbished. The terminal reconfiguration has been designed by Todd Architects, and the main elements of the refit will be carried out by H&J Martin. The works will be completed by October 2018.
Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport, said: “In keeping with our overall mission of delivering an airport experience that exceeds our customers’ expectations, Belfast City Airport is fully committed to continually improving the overall journey for our passengers. The £15m investment in our infrastructure is another major reinforcement of our commitment. The upgrading of our departure lounge and retail offering will provide greater choice and significantly enhance the experience for our core business and leisure passengers as they travel through the airport. The strategic designs help future-proof the airport and we look forward to continuing what has been a successful period across many areas of our business.
“Situated just five minutes from the city centre, we provide an important gateway for opportunity, not only for business passengers and tourists departing Belfast, but also to inbound holidaymakers from overseas and potential foreign investors.”
Picture: The central security area will be upgraded as part of a £15m investment in the terminal at Belfast City Airport. (George Best Belfast City Airport)