Aviation Minister visits Aberdeen Airport

Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg (right) during her visit to Aberdeen International Airport with George Cowie, Head of Security and Terminal Operations and Yvonne Birch, Head of Retail. Photo via Aberdeen Airport

 Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg visited Aberdeen International Airport on August 14 to take in the most recent developments in the airport’s multi-million terminal transformation project. The Minister met airport employees and received a tour of the new security search areas, as well as updated retail, baggage reclaim and international and domestic arrivals. She was also updated on the progress of the final phase of the project, due for completion in Q3 2019.

The final phase will see further retail and food outlets, increased space within the departures lounge and the introduction of new restroom facilities, including an adult changing area. This spacious new changing room contains a height adjustable bench and hoist, allowing passengers who cannot use standard accessible toilets to use the facilities in safety and comfort. The facilities are earmarked for an official opening next month.

Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg said: “Aberdeen airport plays an important role in opening up the Highlands for tourism, trade and leisure travel opportunities, as well as supporting thousands of jobs locally.

“The recent investment in the airport has significantly improved the passenger experience, which sits at the heart of the Government’s aviation strategy. I was particularly pleased to see their commitment to making flying more accessible for those with disabilities through the introduction of the adult changing area, which helped show why the airport deserved it’s recent ‘very good’ rating on accessibility”

George Cowie, Head of Security and Terminal Operations at the airport led Baroness Sugg on the tour and said: “We’re proud to showcase our recent developments with the Minister today and were able to explain how our revitalised airport will improve the overall customer experience, throughout every step of their journey.

“As a region we’re going through some exciting regeneration and investment in infrastructure and we are a key part of the jigsaw. We look forward to an exciting new chapter in the airport, and the north east of Scotland’s future.”