BHX Single Terminal Officially Opened

The newly unified and renovated single terminal at Birmingham Airport, UK was officially opened by Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond (right) and airport CEO Paul Kehoe on May 13. (KEY – Tom Allett)

THE NEWLY unified and renovated single terminal at Birmingham Airport, UK, was officially opened by Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond on May 13.  It actually opened to passengers during February (see Airports International November 2010 for more details).  At its heart is a new 21,528sq ft (2,000m2) walk-through World Duty Free store; all passengers pass through it on the way to the departure lounges.  The store includes the first example of Chanel’s new Espace boutique concept at a European airport.
The ‘one terminal’ concept is part of a £13 million ($21.2 million) investment being made at the airport and was aimed at simplifying and streamlining the security check process by creating a single access point for passengers.
Speaking at the opening Birmingham Airport’s CEO Paul Kehoe said: “With this new development we’ve been able to create a fantastic regional airport.  We set about changing ‘average’ into ‘very good’.  We now have the facilities to help relieve the overheated south-east market, and there is more to come.  As growth in the south-east slows down, Birmingham can do it better.
The airport will also welcome four major new high street fashion chains this summer as part of its £13million terminal redevelopment.  Next, Superdry, Accessorize and JD Sports will all be located within the departure lounge and should all be open by August, creating around 50 new jobs.  Together with the opening of the walk-through duty free area this month, this will change the passenger shopping experience dramatically.
Richard Gill, Head of Market Development, Commercial, said, “We’re delighted to have attracted such major names.  Our development strategy is all about improving the customer experience and creating a global gateway that not only serves the immediate region but also the wider catchment.