Aberdeen Airport’s terminal will undergo a €15.5 million redevelopment after expansion plans were announced.
Work will start in 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2017 and will see facilities across the terminal given an upgrade.
A larger lounge area, more retail opportunities, refreshed arrivals products with new reclaims belts for both domestic and international passengers, and a state-of-the-art new security search area.
The airside area will be increased with security brought forward, freeing up more space for new catering and shopping facilities.
Work began on the blueprint nearly two years ago and the Heathrow Airport Holdings board has now signed off the investment.
Based on current forecasts, it will provide the capacity for passenger growth up to 2028, as well as addressing the current constraints.
Travellers numbers are expected to grow by 20% over the next six years and the new layout and facilities have been designed around these needs.
More than 3.3 million passengers used the airport in 2012, an increase of 8% compared with 2011.
Carol Benzie, airport managing director, says: “Make no mistake; we understand the need that exists. This terminal was opened in 1977 and what we are about to embark upon is the biggest change since that time.
“Whilst work has already begun to enable this project to start, the bulk of work on site will be visible from the third quarter of 2014.
“Our business is growing. This region is growing. We are working on an ongoing basis to secure new routes, particularly leisure services, and to give our customers an airport that they can continue to be proud of.
“We are working closely with local developers to create an airport city concept that will have our airport at its heart.”