Aena, the national airport operator, will shortly start investing 6.2 million euros in renovating Terminal 2 of Malaga Airport. The terminal is the older building, where Ryanair and Easyjet check-in desks are located.
The contract have been awarded to contractors Comsa, who have explained that the works are designed to modernise the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Terminal and update the decoration to match the newer Terminal 3 (T3) next door.
The renovation works will consist of putting in new flooring similar to that of T3, as well as repainting the walls and the roof of the entire building. The older basement baggage reclaim area is also set to be revamped and the support pillars will be refaced with a metallic finish, similar to those in the corresponding area of T3, with the aim of giving the entire airport a uniform appearance. “The idea is to update the aesthetics of T2, which was first opened in 1991, to that of T3, which was finished in March 2010,” Comas said.
Aena have said that the renovation will be in several stages and “will follow a strict time frame, so that it has as little impact on the airport's operations as possible”. “We want to improve the experience for passengers, airlines and businesses in the long run, after all.”
Increase in passengers
In the last two years, the number of passengers using the airport annually has grown by over 4.2 million, almost a third, to a total of 18.6 million. The current infrastructure is reportedly capable of receiving 27 million passengers annually, so there is a drive for further expansion to the airport in the longer term, as it is feared that the local economy could suffer if the airport does not keep pace with increasing numbers of tourists.
Aena has commissioned a report on such an expansion, estimating that 273 million euros will be required over the next few years.