Ports of Jersey has unveiled a plan to create an integrated arrivals and departures terminal at Jersey Airport. The major program, which is subject to planning approval, includes an extension to the existing departures terminal building with the construction of a mezzanine floor to create a new central security search area and airside departures lounge. A new arrivals facility, including baggage reclaim together with customs and immigration will be created on the ground floor of the existing terminal, in place of the current departure lounge.
Access to the new 24,750sq ft (2,300m2) mezzanine extension from the ground-floor check-in area will be via lifts, escalators and stairs to an atrium. This will lead into a spacious open plan retail and catering facility with seating directly overlooking the aircraft stands. The first stage of the works project will also include the construction of four new departure gates in the existing passenger pier, while further improvements may similar gates built along the remaining part of the pier.
To comply with CAA regulatory requirements the new airport layout will see the implementation of a 100ft (30m) ‘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 storey car park, which would provide direct access to the terminal building. The existing car parks and drop off/pick up zones will remain unchanged during the first phase of the works.
The current arrivals terminal, which impacts the operational capabilities of the airport will be removed to comply with licensing conditions related to the safety standards. Planning permission was given in March 2014 and work has already commenced on stripping out upper areas of the building, including the removal of asbestos. However, the existing ground floor and baggage reclaim area will remain operational throughout the works program and its removal will not be finalized until the new arrivals facility is open. Once cleared this area will be considered for future opportunities.
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”.
Ports of Jersey is funding the development from its own commercial returns and not through government financial support. The overall budget for the project is £42m, which includes construction of the new facility, enabling works and demolition of the existing arrivals terminal. Subject to planning approvals and the appointment of contractors, construction work is due to start in autumn 2018 and is likely to take up to three years to complete.
Photos: Major terminal upgrades are planned at Jersey Airport. (Jersey Airport)