Aberdeen Airport has launched the first phase of its terminal transformation project with the opening of its new arrivals area. This offers passengers 50% more space in international arrivals, and new passport control and baggage reclaim facilities.
The full transformation project will be complete in 2019, with this first phase launching a month ahead of schedule.
“The launch of our new international arrivals facility marks the first stage of several years of planning, and it is so exciting for us to see those plans start to come into reality today,” says Carol Benzie, Managing Director, Aberdeen Airport. “We were dedicated to delivering these new international facilities ahead of the peak summer season. Our domestic arrivals facility is on schedule to open in July which, alongside our new Northern Lights Executive Lounge, will see phase one of our transformation project completed and available to passengers within the summer season.”
The next stage of the transformation project will see the new Northern Lights Executive Lounge open on 1 July. Travellers will enjoy panoramic views of the runway, local food and drink, and a feature-whisky wall in the new lounge on the first floor of the extension building. This will be closely followed by the new domestic reclaim area and new customs facilities.
These works will allow for phase two of the transformation to get underway, with an enlarged and improved security area and new retail offers set to open before summer 2018. The final phase involves realigning the airside-landside boundary, as well as transforming the retail and F&B facilities.
“The facility has been designed around our passengers and we really do hope they like it,” comments John Deffenbaugh, Head of Capital, Aberdeen Airport. “Generous proportions, pale colours and rooftop skylight glazing create a sense of spaciousness and airiness, while bold signage and feature lighting are designed to ensure that the passenger journey is clear. Compared to the previous facilities, the new area delivers a step change in the quality of experience we can offer passengers and this will be continued in the future phases of security search and departure lounge reconfiguration.”
‘Heightened quality of experience’
The new Northern Lights Executive Lounge opens on 1 July, replacing the current multi-airline lounge in the terminal and offering passengers 50% more space than before.
“We are very excited to be working in partnership with Compass Group and many local suppliers to present our new Northern Lights Executive Lounge,” Benzie adds. “The lounge has been designed with Aberdeenshire in mind and will offer passengers a much heightened quality of experience. The new lounge boasts locally-inspired décor, stunning, panoramic runway views, and an exclusive, locally-sourced menu crafted by the Kilted Chef, Craig Wilson, of Eat on the Green. Passengers using the lounge will also have their pick of Brewdog craft beers, Gordon Castle Gins and a feature whisky wall that presents an impressive catalogue of Scotland’s national drink. We are delighted with the quality of the new facility and look forward to welcoming our passengers to Northern Lights Executive Lounge in the future.”