Work on the Phase 2 extension to the terminal at London Southend Airport is due to begin in early November.
Key contractor Kier will split the construction into three stages: the first is a new arrivals facility, scheduled to be ready at the end of May 2013. The final stage is due for completion by the end of the year.
Phase 1 of the terminal became operational earlier this year and is less than 100 paces from the new railway station.
At a cost of around £10 million (US$16.1m), the new extension will ensure high standards of service for passengers. The airport anticipates up to 2mppa by 2020.
The terminal will become 295ft (90m) longer, with an increased number of check-in desks and baggage drop off points. The security area and departure lounge will also be expanded. A larger arrivals area will have enhanced baggage reclaim facilities and a larger immigration area. Retail and F&B offerings will be extended throughout the terminal.
It is claimed that 300 new local jobs will be created from the increase in Southend-based aircraft over time.
Kier Construction Operations Director Nick Bache commented: “An important project for the Essex region, the terminal extension will provide some fantastic improvements for passengers and will enable us to utilise our extensive airport experience. We can’t wait to get started.”