Future Airport - Background

The Master Plan for Jersey Airport, launched by Ports of Jersey, will see the eventual removal of airfield obstacles, construction of a new integrated departures and arrivals facility, relocation of the airport's rescue & fire service building, as well as construction of a new two-storey passenger pier.

The existing 'arrivals' building core was opened in 1937. However, significant additions and alterations to the original site have been added over 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 was carried out on 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 on-site facility, as well as the Aviator Restaurant, which due to lack of business had closed some years previously. The removal of these floors also saw the clearing of substantial asbestos from this area. 

The arrivals terminal building and nearby Jersey Hangar and Fire Service station are deemed to be 'obstacles', compromising the safe operation of flights in and out of Jersey Airport and must be removed. Planning permission was granted in February 2014 to remove the current arrivals building.

In recent years, Ports of Jersey has developed its Master Plan for Jersey Airport, considering 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 the airport terminal buildings and ensure Jersey Airport remains compliant in terms of safety and security; 
  • Allow the company to cater for expected business growth, welcoming much larger aircraft in the future and dealing with the increasing traffic flow of aircraft and passengers during 'peak' times;
  • Improve the passenger journey experience and allow Ports of Jersey to develop further commercial opportunities. 

Key Projects to be addressed as part of phase one of the works programme, which will commence in January 2020 and expect to be completed by summer 2022, include:

  • 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: 
  • Construction of a two-storey passenger pier, along with an upgrade and realignment of aircraft stands, to create more space for passengers and larger aircraft; 
  • Development of the airport's forecourt and realignment of the roads to create a 30-metre exclusion zone in front of the new terminal, bringing Jersey into line with airports across Europe. This phase will also bring improvements to the space that is currently available for vehicle drop-offs and pick-ups.

Future improvements will include:

  • Construction of a new Airport Fire Service facility;
  • Removal of Hangar 4, replaced with a new maintenance building.

On behalf of Ports of Jersey, Group CEO Matt Thomas says, "Without doubt, this exciting and ambitious project is one of the most significant construction projects undertaken in the Island in recent years. In effect, we are creating a ‘new’ airport, a 21st Century gateway, which ultimately will future proof our operational needs, meet the growth ambitions of our airline partners and provide a fantastic travel experience for our customers. The terminal will incorporate new ideas and new technology, while capturing the ‘Spirit of Jersey’ and creating an airport that we can all be proud of."

As with all its investment, Ports of Jersey is not seeking government financial 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.