Belfast International Airport is about to get a major overhaul in the shape of a £10 million facelift. Numerous upgrades are planned to take place over the next year, with the aim being to improve the facilities on offer at the airport and to provide a more user-friendly experience for the millions of passengers that pass through it each year. The project is being privately funded, and will begin immediately, with work expected to go on until July of next year.
One of the major improvements will be to the duty free area at the front of the terminal, which will be completely redesigned. A huge glass façade will be built, in which there will be 20 new shops and restaurants, as well as lifts and escalators that will take passengers up to the departures concourse.
One of the other major renovations to take place will be the relocation of security in the departures area. The aim behind this is to allow passengers to check in and board their flights a lot more quickly.
John Doran, the managing director of the airport, said that they will be creating “modern, spacious and service-focused facilities”, which will make the airport “easier to use”. The airport management also stressed that because the changes will take place over a long time, they will be phased in and this will cause the minimum of disruption to the passengers using the airport.
The scheme has also won approval from Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, who said that the investment “should be recognised as an investment for the future”.