Photo: Thanks to Gary Ellson, Bournemouth Helicopters

Over the past 18 months an enormous amount of work has been taking place on Bournemouth Airport’s 45 million redevelopment programme. Much of this work has been going on ‘behind the scenes’ but now, at last, passengers and visitors can see the new departures building taking shape.

The list of work already undertaken is impressive:

  • New lighting and navigation aids have been installed on the runway which will allow aircraft to operate in adverse weather conditions. This puts Bournemouth on a par with other major UK airports.
  • The 2271 metre long runway has been completely resurfaced – a project that saw a team of 100 workers and 50 machines working overnight for two months last winter.
  • The apron next to the terminal building (the east apron) has doubled in size and now accommodates six aircraft. Parking for a further five aircraft has been provided on the west apron.

The new departures terminal, which is due to open late spring/early summer 2010, will be twice the size of the old building and the amount of retail/catering space will be tripled.

Commenting on this major redevelopment project, Bournemouth Airport’s Managing Director, Rob Goldsmith, said: “It’s wonderful to see the airport of the future starting to take shape. Although the recession is going to have an effect on passenger numbers this year, it’s a great sign of confidence that our owners (the Manchester Airports Group) are looking to the future and are fully committed to developing Bournemouth Airport.

“We will be operating from a modern, attractive departures building this summer which, together with our larger aprons and improved navigation and lighting systems, means we will be in a good position to attract more operators into the airport and offer flights to more destinations in the future.

“Our staff, contractors, suppliers and business partners have all worked together to achieve so much in a relatively short space of time. And those working in the terminal are ensuring that any disruption to passengers is kept to an absolute minimum. It’s a wonderful team effort and everyone should be proud of what has been achieved so far.”

Accompanying the Planning Permission for the new terminal was a Section 106 Agreement. This is a bi-lateral agreement between Christchurch Borough Council and the Airport to deliver on a number of specified obligations. One of those obligations is to make an annual report of the progress the Airport is making towards meeting the targets and working practices set out in the Agreement. 

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