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Future Airport Update

This is the second public communication issued in relation to the Future Airport project and follows on from the initial media launch held on 14 January 2020:

In line with the proposed plan, contractors are now on site working in the Arrivals’ Terminal, the car park in front of the Air Traffic Control Tower and at the old cargo centre site. In the arrivals building, they are carrying out enabling works in preparation for Phase One of the redevelopment project, which will see the part-demolition of the current Arrivals’ Terminal along with the construction of a new 2-storey airside passenger pier.

What will passengers see when they travel through Jersey Airport?

The Arrivals’ Terminal
The original plan developed with the contractor involved a complex series of changes for both passengers and those waiting to meet them in a proposed temporary facility. In the light of this, Ports of Jersey has adjusted the construction plans to ensure the level of impact on arriving passengers is kept to a minimum. Therefore, most of the arrivals’ terminal building and facilities will now be retained during the redevelopment works, including the passenger exit doors from baggage reclaim into the existing meet and greet concourse, children’s play area, existing seating and Tour Operator desks. 

The works programme will see part of the Arrivals’ Terminal (the right-hand side of the building) demolished to allow contractors to set up an on-site works compound and allow ease of access to the passenger pier. The offices above the terminal will also be stripped out in preparation for demolition.  

In line with the original plan, the café facility will be closed and will shortly be replaced by vending machines, which will offer a variety of hot and cold beverages and snacks. The café will close to the public as from this Saturday evening, 29 February 2020. In addition, the gents’ toilets in the arrivals’ terminal will be removed as part of the demolition process and will be amalgamated with the existing ladies to create unisex toilet facilities.

The three hire car operators, Europcar, Hertz and Avis will also be temporarily relocated to dedicated desks in the Departures’ Terminal until such time as a new hire car facility is created for them as part of the Forecourt project. The car hire operators are scheduled to be relocated to the temporary site over the weekend of 21/22 March 2020.

There will be no change to the provision of taxis, booked cabs, coaches and public buses, which will remain in their current location.

Departures Building
Enabling works will start next week in preparation for temporary relocation of the car hire operators and will take a few weeks to complete. Although the impact to passengers will be minimal, it will involve a change to some of the existing check-in desks and back of house to create the new car hire desks.

Work on other areas
The car park in front of the Air Traffic Control Tower is now closed and enabling works are currently taking place for the installation of temporary accommodation for contractors and project management teams. At the same time, portacabins are being installed in the grounds of the former air cargo centre, which will accommodate the teams who will have to relocate from the Arrivals’ Terminal.

Media updates will continue to be provided in advance of any significant changes that may be experienced by passengers and other airport users. Additional information on the Future Airport project is available on the dedicated pages online at jerseyairport.com

Anyone wishing to comment on the plans or post questions can do so by contacting the project team on email futureairport@ports.je

Issued: Wednesday 26.02.20 

Enabling Works start on Airport Redevelopment Project

The project to develop the new integrated terminal at Jersey Airport is now underway with enabling works having started as the first part of the project. The scheduled completion date for the new terminal project is 2022.

The first key phases of the project to be addressed in 2020 include:

  • The creation of a new two-storey passenger pier along with an upgrade and realignment of aircraft stands to create more space for passengers and to enable Jersey Airport to handle the trend towards larger aircraft;
  • The realignment of the current arrivals process, which will involve the part removal of the existing arrivals terminal to create space for the contractors to access the passenger pier and establish a works compound;
  • The development of the airport's forecourt and a realignment of the roads to create a 30-metre exclusion zone in front of the terminal, bringing Jersey into line with airports across Europe. This phase will also bring improvements to the space that is currently available for drop-offs and pick-ups.

Ports of Jersey has appointed Volkers Fitzpatrick as its main contractor to oversee construction of the integrated terminal, working alongside local company RoK. Volkers Fitzpatrick is one of the UK's leading engineering and construction companies with vast experience in carrying out major redevelopment projects. RoK is a local construction company, which has been involved in many high-profile projects in recent years, including College Gardens, the Police HQ and the Les Quennevais School. The removal of the arrivals' building will be carried out by Jersey-based demolition specialists, DB Cummins, and is expected to start in April 2020.    

On behalf of Ports of Jersey, 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, capture the 'Spirit of Jersey' and create an airport that we can all be proud of. We are now finalising our plans to minimise the disruption for our customers, which is expected in a project of this scale."

Ports of Jersey has worked closely with business partners and key passenger groups in the development of the plans and is committed to actively engaging with its staff, business partners and the local community as the project develops over time. This will include regular progress updates through its own dedicated Future Airport pages on jerseyairport.com website and social media forums as well as briefings with media agencies at key stages of the project. In the meantime, any questions and comments from the public can be emailed to futureairport@ports.je

Matt Thomas concludes, "We are looking forward to starting construction and giving everyone the opportunity to see the exciting benefits this development will eventually bring to the Island and our community, together with the sense of pride we can all take from its completion."

Issued: 14.01.2020