Aberdeen Airport completes second phase of terminal transformation

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Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland has opened its upgraded security search area and retail facilities in the latest phase of its multi-million-dollar Terminal Transformation project.

The expanded retail offering includes a much larger World Duty Free store as well as a Rolling Luggage offering, WH Smith convenience store and separate WH Smith bookstore.

The updated security area has been equipped with the latest screening technology and is more than double the size of the previous area.

In the past year, the airport has undergone significant improvements and has opened new international and domestic reclaim arrival areas, as well as the Northern Lights Executive lounge.

The security search area has been relocated to pave the way for the third and final phase of the project, which will see the departure lounge expanded and further new retail and catering outlets introduced.

Carol Benzie, managing director of Aberdeen Airport, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to open our new security area and the first set of new retail units that will form part of our expanded departure lounge. We are confident that the upgraded facilities will have a really positive impact on the passenger experience.

“Preparatory work has already started on the third and final phase of the Terminal Transformation. This last stage is the most complex, as it is in the heart of the terminal, with passengers transiting around the construction. We ask our regular passengers to bear with us as we move into this final exciting part of the transformation.”

Phase three will open in three stages over the course of the next 15 months, with the entire transformation anticipated to be complete by the end of August 2019.

Fred Creighton, Dufry’s divisional CEO for UK and Central Europe, said, “With this new store development we have taken the airport shopping experience to an entirely new level for visitors to Aberdeen Airport.

“The store is more than twice the size of our previous one and we have been able to introduce a host of exciting new beauty brands including Urban Decay and By Terry and extend our sunglasses range, with the addition of brands such as Armani, Hugo Boss, Polaroid and Bloc.”

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