Belfast International Airport unveils newly expanded immigration arrivals area

Steve Dan, Chief Operating Officer Border Force and Dan Owens CEO, Belfast International Airport
  • 50% increase in capacity to improve passenger flow, reduce queuing times and improve passenger experience
  • Expansion planned in collaboration with UK Border Force

Belfast International Airport, member of the VINCI Airports network, has today unveiled its newly expanded and reconfigured Immigration arrivals area.  The £1m investment sees the capacity increased by 50% which will significantly enhance the passenger experience and improve processing times at the border.  The relocation of presentation desks, offices and an upgrade of the facilities in the area was also included in the project.

Dan Owens, CEO, Belfast International Airport said: “I am delighted to see the completion of this area which is a much more welcoming space for passengers as well as improving the processing times for passengers.  We fully understand that at peak times passengers were queuing for longer than we woud like and this investment will ensure that passenger flow is improved and queuing times are reduced.   This project is just a small part of our £100m investment plan to upgrade airport facilities and enhance the overall passenger experience over the coming years .”

Steve Dan, Chief Operating Officer from Border Force said,Border Force are delighted to have worked in conjunction with Belfast international Airport to deliver a modern and improved Immigration Arrivals Area. This will enable a more efficient flow of Internationally arriving passengers through passport control while maintaining Border security.”

Locally based Ballymena firm Martin & Hamilton were the main contractor on the project.  They worked  alongside the airport and Border Force to ensure as little disruption as possible was caused to passengers who continued to use the area while the work was carried out.

The area is now fully open and in use for all internationally arriving passengers.