Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland has received approval for the £13m terminal redevelopment plan.
The project will transform the terminal by including a larger lounge area, more retail opportunities, refreshed arrivals products with new reclaims belts for both domestic and international passengers, and a state-of-the-art new security search area.
It will significantly increase the size of the terminal after security, thereby providing more space for new catering and shopping facilities, while the British Airways and Servisair lounges will be expanded.
The project will relocate the security area by bringing it forward, and will offer a completely refurbished security search area with new technology and more search lanes, all installed whilst meeting strict regulatory requirements.
Work on the project will begin in 2014, is scheduled to be completed by 2017.
While the project planning began 20 months ago, airport operator Heathrow Airport Holdings approved the investment amount last week.
The project is expected to provide the capacity for passenger growth up to 2028, as well as addressing the current constraints.
According to the airport, passenger numbers are forecast to increase 20% over the next six years, and the new plan has been designed to address the need for the increased capacity.
Airport MD Carol Benzie said: "Make no mistake; we understand the need that exists. Our business is growing. This region is growing. We are working on an ongoing basis to secure new routes, particularly leisure services, and to give our customers an airport that they can continue to be proud of."
Scotland’s Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "These are exciting times at Aberdeen International Airport and the plans to redevelop the terminal will only help to build on the airport’s success.
"It is great news for both passengers and staff with the new facilities set to improve the entire airport experience, from upgrading the security area and baggage belts to allowing more space for shops and restaurants.
"These plans mean Aberdeen International Airport will continue to be an attractive option for travellers and airlines in the future."
Image: Aberdeen Airport’s terminal redevelopment project is expected to provide the capacity for passenger growth up to 2028. Photo: courtesy of Gregory Deryckère.