George Best Belfast City airport has announced a major infrastructure upgrade, including work on the airport’s departure lounge and central security area.

The £15 million programme will see customer seating more than doubled, as well as expanded and refurbished airside washroom facilities.

Retail space will increase by over 30 per cent, with expanded World Duty Free and WH Smith outlets, and food and beverage facilities will also be expanded.

The airport’s central security area and hold baggage screening facilities will be upgraded, with the aim of “more efficient processing for all departing passengers”.

The works are set to be completed by October, and will all be housed within the existing terminal building.

Commenting on the news Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport, said:

“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. 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.”

Belfast City airport is located just three miles from the city centre – carriers currently operating to and from the airport include Aer Lingus, British Airways, Flybe, Icelandair and KLM.