HM The Queen officially opens the £10 million re-furbished and expanded Terminal
Published: 29 October 2010
She unveiled a plaque in the Business Lounge to mark the completion of the 2-year project, and was presented with a posy of flowers by Mrs Patricia McDonagh who has worked at the Airport for over 25 years.
Accompanied by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty also heard plans by the airport to invest further in a range of essential facilities over the course of the next five years.
The privately funded Terminal project involves a major re-configuration of “airside” and “landside” facilities.
The work, which was undertaken by local contractors, Russell Simpson Construction, sees the creation of a more spacious and modern Terminal for both passenger and staff alike.
Greater use is made of natural light and much-needed space is created for new commercial outlets which now number 18.
All of the work was undertaken in sections and was completed without any disruption to passengers.
The “landside” work involved shortening the passenger journey from the Check-in Hall through to the security screening area.
Beyond the new security area, “airside” floorspace has been greatly expanded to meet passenger demand.
Welcoming the Royal visitors, Belfast International Airport Managing Director, John Doran, reminded them this was the 47th anniversary of the re-opening of Aldergrove as a civil airport and the inauguration of the Terminal building by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Mr Doran said: “This is indeed an auspicious day for Belfast International Airport, and, speaking on behalf of the management and staff, may I say that I am delighted that you have been able to join us this afternoon to celebrate the completion of a major investment in the infrastructure of the Airport.
Today we recognise the achievement of an important milestone in the development of the Airport as the key round-the-clock gateway to Northern Ireland, enhancing our ability to sustain employment and support the economic progress of the region
These works are a major vote of confidence by our shareholders and owners, the Abertis Corporation, and, in so doing, they have demonstrated their commitment to Northern Ireland. Despite the challenging economic times that we face as a region, we and our shareholders continue to see the sense of investing for the future.
This level of investment is a hugely positive signal to the several hundred businesses and over four thousand people who depend on the airport for their livelihood, and,
Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness, I am extremely pleased that in the course of your visit, you have had the opportunity to meet a number of representative groups of airport staff, who, after all, are the people who ensure that the doors remain open for users and the runways remain open for aircraft 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a major business in this region, we are only as good as the people who support us. It really is a team effort."