Expansion in the air at Liege airport
25 April 2005, BRUSSELS – A new terminal has been opened at Liege airport which is six times larger than the previous one.
25 April 2005
BRUSSELS – A new terminal has been opened at Liege airport which is six times larger than the previous one.
The inauguration of the 15 500 m2 terminal was celebrated on Saturday in the presence of 1000 people.
It took two years to build, with a budget of EUR 25 million, and marks the first of a series of investments designed to double the number of passengers and quantity of freight passing through the airport by 2010.
The luminous atmosphere of the building has been helped by the installation of 2015 lights, and the large amount of glass used in its construction.
It has the capacity to receive one million passengers a year at its 12 check-in counters and four departure lounges.
Four Boeing 737 planes will be able to take off from the airport within an hour.
More improvements have been planned for the airport in the next few years to make it more attractive to customers and business.
These include the construction of a west-bound motorway and the tripling of the airport's petroleum storage capacity from one to three million litres.
In addition, ten parking spaces for large aircraft will be built, along with a three star hotel and the lengthening of the runway from 3,287 to 3,700 metres.
This will open up the possibility for long-haul flights to Asia and Africa.
However, not everyone has welcomed the developments.
Worried local residents and the town of Maastricht are mobilising against the expansion and have filed a complaint with the state council.
President of the airport management committee, Jose Happart, has dismissed their fears as unfounded.
[Copyright Expatica 2005]
Subject: Belgian news