Belfast City Airport set to expand retail space by 30%

By Andrew Pentol |

Belfast airport

The £15m investment includes a major upgrade of the departures lounge.

George Best Belfast City Airport is to increase retail space by 30% and expand the World Duty Free and WHSmith offerings as part of a £15m ($21m) infrastructure investment.

This will include a major upgrade of the departure lounge, incorporating the airport’s retail and food and beverage offering. As reported back in 2010, WDF is contracted to run the duty-free at the airport until 2019.

The investment, announced at a breakfast briefing for key stakeholders on 6 February, also includes an upgrade of the airport’s central security area and hold baggage screening facilities and purchase of a new fleet of Airport Fire appliances.

OCTOBER COMPLETION

Work will take place in the current terminal building and is due for completion in October.

Belfast City Airport Chief Executive Brian Ambrose said: “The upgrading of our departure lounge and retail offering will provide greater choice and significantly enhance the experience for our core business and leisure passengers as they travel through the airport.”

Belfast City Council Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Sonia Copeland added: “Belfast City Airport is one of a range of stakeholders who have a key role to play in the ongoing growth of the city and we warmly welcome the £15m infrastructure investment. We look forward to the works progressing and the enhanced experience that passengers will be able to enjoy.”

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