Posted on Wednesday 21 November 2018 by Ulster Business

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The owners of George Best Belfast City Airport are set to spend millions of pounds over the next two winters, with a new multi-storey car park on the cards following a £15m investment in its terminal, writes Ryan McAleer.

The new-look terminal building includes upgrades to the departures lounge, new retail outlets and refurbished bars and restaurants.

The airport has said its new security area will also reduce the average queuing time to just six minutes.

Speaking yesterday, the airport's chief executive Brian Ambrose confirmed that just two years after its takeover, 3i Investments is preparing to invest millions more over the next year.

A £1m spend on the airport's car parking has already been signed off for this winter, with a multi-million investment planned for next year.

"By the end of this winter, the car parking that is loose stone will all be hard surface and completely re-marked, with covered walkways installed. It will greatly improve passenger flow," he said.

"We've also brought in a new premium product, which is the closest car park to the terminal. That'll roll out over the winter, then we'll be gearing up for a major investment in the car park the following winter.

"We're debating whether to go multi-storey or single-deck. We have exhausted the surface space, so we have to start going up - which has the added advantage of covered car parking and in our climate it's important to be dry."

Mr Ambrose said the new owners had backed the airport's long-term vision.

"You have a shareholder who has taken a long-term view. I think this is a massive step in the right direction. Genuinely, I think we are up there with any regional airport now," he said.

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