Ports of Jersey has launched its Master Plan for Jersey Airport, which will see the removal of airfield obstacles, construction of a new arrivals facility, relocation of the airport's rescue & fire service building as well as improvements to the passenger pier.
The 'arrivals' building was constructed in 1937. However, significant additions and alterations to the original site have been added in the subsequent decades meaning very little remains of the original building, which was constructed using a steel frame and poured concrete process. It is representative of an 'art deco' style of early aviation history, with similar representations in the UK, including Shoreham/Brighton, Birmingham and Liverpool.
Between October 2011 and July 2012 demolition took place of the top two floors of the arrivals building, which had previously housed the former air traffic control room prior to its relocation to a new facility and the Aviator Restaurant, which due to lack of trade had closed some years previously. The removal of these floors also saw the clearing of substantial asbestos from this area. The cost of this project was circa £1.3m.
The arrivals terminal building and nearby Jersey Hangar and Fire Service station are still deemed to be 'obstacles', compromising the safe operation of flights in and out of Jersey and must be removed. Planning permission was granted in February 2014 to remove the current arrivals facility.
In recent years Ports of Jersey has developed its Master Plan for Jersey Airport, addressing the following key priorities:
* Address the key regulatory issues, such as removing the obstacles from the airfield, compliance with the 30-metre stand-off in front of terminal buildings and ensure Jersey
Airport remains compliant in terms of safety and security;
* Allow the company to cater for expected business growth, welcoming nowadays much larger aircraft and dealing with the increasing traffic flow of aircraft and passengers during
* Improve the passenger journey experience and allow Ports of Jersey to develop further commercial opportunities.
Key Projects to be addressed as part of the works programme:
* Extend the existing 'departures' terminal building with the creation of a mezzanine floor to create an integrated building housing both arrivals and departures facilities;
* Removal of the existing arrivals building:
* Widen the passenger pier, upgrade and realign the aircraft stands;
* Construct a new Airport Fire Service facility;
* Remove Hangar 4 and replace with a new maintenance building.
At the launch of the Integrated Airport Terminal Project in November 2017, Group CEO for Ports of Jersey, Doug Bannister, said: “This
is an ambitious and exciting project that ultimately will see the creation of a
‘new’ airport that addresses our compliance requirements, provides a modern
facility for our passengers and airline partners’ future requirements and strives
to enhance the overall passenger journey experience”.
As with all its investment, Ports of Jersey is not seeking government support in the funding of these developments but investments will be made instead from its commercial returns. The investment profile is consistent with its Long Term Capital Programme, but the actual phasing will be pursuant to cash flows during the next 5 to 10 years.