UK. George Best Belfast City Airport is to increase retail space by over +30% as part of a £15 million (US$21 million) infrastructure investment.

World Duty Free and WHSmith will expand their stores at the airport as part of the upgrade. World Duty Free’s contract at the airport runs until 2019.

Enhanced experience: The investment is intended to help future-proof the airport

Food & beverage facilities will be expanded by +25%. HMSHost operates many of the existing facilities at the airport including the Bushmills Bar.

The infrastructure investment incorporates an upgrade of the departure lounge, central security area and hold baggage screening facilities.

Customer seating will be more than doubled, as will airside customer washroom facilities, which will also be fully refurbished.

The completed works will be contained within the current terminal building and will be completed by October 2018.

“In keeping with our overall mission of delivering an airport experience that exceeds our customers’ expectations, Belfast City Airport is fully committed to continually improving the overall journey for our passengers,” commented Belfast City Airport Chief Executive Brian Ambrose.

“The £15m investment in our infrastructure is another major reinforcement of our commitment. The upgrading of our departure lounge and retail offering will provide greater choice and significantly enhance the experience for our core business and leisure passengers as they travel through the airport.

“The strategic designs help future-proof the airport and we look forward to continuing what has been a successful period across many areas of our business.”