Business outlets within the airport are very nearly fully occupied. As a result, the Airport has no facilities to offer potential new tenants, nor the planning permission to generate new opportunities.
An internal road link between the business parks has been investigated and a planning application will be submitted in April along with two other applications designed to enhance the business park. It is hoped to have planning consent by September, with development of the road starting in October or November.
Airport use has increased with 2018 being 3% better than budget and new routes for 2019 have been added to the programme.
There has been a greater emphasis placed on customer service and thought given as to how the Airport can enhance the experience of using its facilities for its passengers. To that end, Ground Handling Services have been brought in-house from the 1st April 2019 and over £900,000 of new equipment has been ordered. The Airport will be hiring an additional 50 to 60 new staff.
The Airport will open a Premium Lounge on the 1st June 2019, which is already taking bookings via the Airport’s website. Aimed at both business and leisure passengers, the Lounge will offer a quiet and relaxing place, with comfortable seating, complimentary refreshments, newspapers, magazines and unlimited high-speed wi-fi.