Work on a €12 million extension to the terminal at London Southend Airport is set to start in early November.
The new arrivals facility is scheduled to be ready towards the end of May next year, with the extension completed by the end of 2013.
The terminal building will become 90 metres longer; the number of check-in desks/baggage drop off points will increase; as will the amount of space for passengers in security.
The Departure Lounge will also grow in size to enhance the experience for passengers relaxing and awaiting boarding after security.
A larger Arrivals Hall will have enhanced baggage reclaim facilities and a larger immigration area.
Retail and catering facilities will be expanded throughout the terminal in order to provide a much wider range of shops and services available to passengers.
London Southend Airport managing director, Alastair Welch, said: “Our aim is to ensure that we deliver a very special level of customer service in Southend and this extension will allow us to ensure we can continue to deliver those high standards as the airport grows.”
Kier Construction operations director Nick Bache added: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this significant contract by London Southend Airport. An important project for the Essex region, the terminal extension will provide some fantastic improvements for passengers and will enable us to utilise our extensive airport experience.”