Aberdeen Airport set for £45m improvements

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ABERDEEN - Britain’s fastest growing airport - is in line for a £45 million investment in a ten year programme of expansion and improvements at the busy terminal.

The airport is planning to invest £4.5 million this year alone upgrading the main terminal building to improve passenger facilities and provide more capacity.

And the £45 million spending programme through to 2021 includes a £5 milllion expansion of the airport’s international arrivals area, a two-year plan to boost capacity within the terminal and the expansion of the security search area at a cost of £3 million.

A recent report revealed a significant increase in demand at Aberdeen Airport, with passenger numbers up by 11.5 per cent in 2011, making it the fastest growing airport in the UK last year.

Announcing the investment boost, Derek Provan, the airport’s managing director, said: “Our aim is to continue to provide high standards of service. To achieve this, we plan to increase our capacity to take account of forecast passenger growth, and modernise our facilities to deliver a better service to passengers, airlines and other airport users.

“Aberdeen Airport has enjoyed sustained growth over the past 12 months and our longer term forecasts suggest that this trend will continue. It is vital that we continue to invest in our facilities to create an airport that befits Aberdeen’s status as the energy capital of Europe.”

He added: “Every penny we invest at Aberdeen Airport is an investment for the future, creating a legacy that delivers long term benefits for the city and shire economy. We are determined to do everything we can to improve the experience of our passengers, and to maximise the contribution Aberdeen Airport makes to the economy of the North east.”

Derick Murray, a director of Nestrans, the area’s transport forum, welcomed the investment plans. He said: “Studies have shown the importance of the airport to the Aberdeen City and Shire economy. It is therefore important that the airport provides the facilities required to meet the needs of travellers from the area and gives a good first impression for visitors and inward investors.

“So it is welcome that this investment, building on other recent improvements, continues the airports upgrading programme to meet these needs and is further evidence of the strength of the region’s economy.”