It brings to £20 million the total amount Glasgow Airport has invested in enhancing its facilities during 2014. The latest programme of works will involve the construction of a two storey, 1,400 square metre extension to one of its three piers and is due for completion by spring 2015.
The extension to the East Pier, which currently serves airlines including Ryanair and easyJet, will also result in the creation of a new gate room for departing passengers.
The extension is in direct response to the airport’s success in securing a number of new routes and services. In October, Ryanair opened a new base at Glasgow Airport, and the airline is expected to bring more than 850,000 passengers per year with 55 weekly return flights, including daily services to London Stansted and Dublin.
In August, Jet2.com announced further expansion plans at Glasgow Airport, including five new routes and an additional aircraft which will see the airline operate its biggest ever flying programme from Glasgow Airport in 2015. Canadian airline WestJet will introduce direct, daily flights to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2015.
As part of its preparations for the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Airport invested £17 million in enhancing key parts of the terminal, including international arrivals which for many was the gateway to the Games.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: "2014 has been a momentous year for Glasgow Airport and this latest project brings our total investment figure for the year to £20 million. The extension of the pier is in direct response to our success in securing a number of new routes and services. Not only will it significantly enhance our facilities, it will improve the passenger experience for the millions of people who travel through our doors every year."