Jersey Airport Reconfiguration Programme

From Jersey Airport,
12 June 2019

Work is due to start in autumn 2019 on the creation of a new plaza area in front of the passenger terminal at Jersey Airport as part of the Future Airport Project.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department of Transport requires Ports of Jersey to implement a 30-metre ‘no traffic’ exclusion zone to bring it in line with other airports, which are part of the ‘Common Travel Area’ within the UK. This stems from the terrorist attack at Glasgow Airport in 2007 when a vehicle attempted to access the passenger terminal building laden with explosives with the intention of detonating them. Despite legislation coming into force soon after, Ports of Jersey has had, to date, exemption based on a clear commitment that this would be implemented as part of its Future Airport redevelopment plans.

In recent months Ports of Jersey has been developing its forecourt realignment plans and is now in discussion with road transport providers, including taxi, public bus, hire car and private coach operators, outlining its options and the impact these changes to the road layout at Jersey Airport may have upon future operations.

Some of the options being considered include:

·         The creation of designated pick-up and drop-off zones for road transport providers outside the 30-metre zone, although in phase one of the project bus and taxi pick-up points outside the existing arrivals terminal will remain unchanged;

·         The possibility of a free period of car parking for picking up and dropping off passengers;

·         Seating in the plaza area together with covered access routes between the terminal and drop off points;

·         Improved external lighting for the car park, bus and taxi drop-off/pick-up points;

·         Installation of external display screens with ‘real time’ passenger information for the plaza and bus stop.

Subject to planning permissions and Ports of Jersey Board approval, work on the revised layout is expected to commence in autumn 2019 and be completed over the quieter winter period in readiness for the 2020 summer season. The work is being phased in stages to adapt to the overall Future Airport Redevelopment programme, which will see the creation of an integrated arrivals and departures terminal. It is hoped that work on the Future Airport project will recommence before the end of 2019.

A public roadshow is due to be held at St Peter’s Parish Hall on Wednesday 19 June 2019 between 6:30pm-8pm where members of the public are welcome to come along and discuss the Airport Forecourt plans with members of the project team.  In the meantime, anyone who has a specific question, comment or suggestion relating to the project can contact Ports of Jersey by emailing futureairport@ports.je

Further updates will be added to the dedicated Airport Forecourt project page online 

 

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