Ports of Jersey, the operator of Jersey Airport in the Channel Islands, has set forth its plans to create an integrated arrivals and departures terminal, helping to create additional capacity and improve efficiency at the airport.
The major works program, which is subject to planning approval, involves the extension of the existing departures terminal building and the construction of a mezzanine floor to create a new central security area and airside departures lounge.
A new arrivals facility, inclusive of baggage reclaim and customs and immigration, will be created on the ground floor of the existing terminal, which is where the current airside departures lounge is located.
Passengers will access the 2,300m2 (25,000ft2) mezzanine extension from the ground-floor check-in area via lifts, escalators and stairs, which will lead into the atrium with a bright and spacious retail and catering offering with seating directly overlooking the aircraft stands. The first stage of the works project will also see the construction of four new departure gates in the existing passenger pier. Future improvements could see the creation of similar gates along the remaining part of the passenger pier.
To comply with CAA regulatory requirements, the new airport layout will see the implementation of a 30m (98ft) ‘exclusion zone’ immediately outside the terminal building and an eventual reconfiguration of the access roads. Likewise, in a subsequent development phase, consideration will be given to the construction of a multi-story parking garage, which would provide direct access to the terminal building.
The existing arrivals terminal, which impacts on the safety and operational capabilities of Jersey Airport, will be removed in order to comply with licensing conditions to the current safety standards of operation.
Doug Bannister, group CEO for Ports of Jersey, said, “This is an ambitious and exciting project that ultimately will see the creation of a new airport that addresses our compliance requirements, provides a modern facility for our passengers and airline partners’ future requirements, and strives to enhance the overall passenger journey experience.”
As with all its investments, Ports of Jersey is funding this development from its own commercial returns and not through government financial support. An overall budget for the works project is £42m (US$56m), which includes construction of the new facility, enabling works and demolition of the existing arrivals terminal.
To showcase the revised design, Ports of Jersey has been working with architectural company Chapman Taylor, which has released concept images of the new airport design and layout. Subject to planning approvals and the appointment of contractors, construction work is due to start in fall 2018 and is likely to take up to three years to complete.
Images: Chapman Taylor