Temporary baggage-reclaim facilities to open at Aberdeen International

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The first phase of a £20m (US$29m) terminal transformation project is now underway at Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland.

The redevelopment will expand the existing terminal by approximately 50% and will add several new facilities including new international and domestic baggage reclaim areas. As such, temporary baggage reclaim facilities have been built to allow for the construction of the new extension.

The domestic baggage reclaim belt, which currently resides to the right of the check-in desks in the terminal, will be relocated to a temporary facility just outside the main terminal building in the lower forecourt. The international baggage reclaim belt will be moved along with the immigration desks to a new temporary facility on stand four.

John Deffenbaugh, head of capital, Aberdeen Airport, said, “As we know from customer feedback, the current reclaim facilities are no longer fit for purpose. The new facilities will provide bigger reclaim belts and a faster, smoother process for our passengers to collect their luggage.

“This temporary layout has been implemented to ensure minimal disruption to our passengers while we work on bringing them the new modern facilities. We hope to have the work completed and the new reclaim areas ready for passengers to use by summer 2017.”

Right: A design rendering of the proposed expansion project

The three-year project will involve the construction of a two-story extension to the south of the existing terminal building, with two new business lounges on the upper level, and a new security search area, immigration facilities, and retail and catering outlets, located in the departures lounge.

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