19th April 2004

Guernsey Airport’s new terminal opened for business

The terminal at Guernsey Airport was starting to feel a bit cramped by the turn of the millennium. The growth in passenger numbers – and the growing size of the aircraft they were using – meant the 1930s-built terminal (below) was no longer up to the job it had been designed for.

Guernsey Airport old terminal building

Rather than extend it, the decision was taken to knock it down, but only once its replacement had been opened for public use.

Demolish it and start again

Work on the new building started in 2002 and was completed in less than two years. Demolition of the old building commenced the following month. The space it freed up now provides additional spaces for aircraft to park in.

The new terminal has been designed to cope with the growth that airport authorities expected see over the following 25 years. Its working capacity is 1.25 million passengers per annum, which is 30% more than the building it replaced. On the ground floor, they will spend their time in roughly equal spaces either side of security control. The upper floor is open to both passengers and visitors, with good views of the apron from the cafe area.

Unashamedly modern, Guernsey Airport is a two-stored steel-framed building with 12 check-in desks and five departure gates, as well as offices, a café and shops. It was designed by architects Kensington Taylor, and has 6000m2 of internal floor space. It won 2004’s Guernsey Design Award and RIBA Town and County Award.

Guernsey Airport's new terminal building

Budgetary overspend

The works were budgeted to cost £16.4m. However the project over-spent by £6.8m, bringing the total price of the building to over £23m. The airport’s director, Colin Le Ray, said that this could take 20 years to repay in full. To help pay down the debt, the island introduced a levy of £1 per passenger for flights to and from the Channel Islands that landed at or originated from the airport. On inter-island flights, the levy was 50p per passenger.

Image of new terminal building by User:Madmedea (Own work) CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons.


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Other events that occured in April

Guernsey’s first female murderer goes on trial 1st
A French fisherman is arrested and escorted to St Peter Port 2nd
Guernsey’s new population law comes into force 3rd
Guernsey’s oldest resident dies, aged 110 4th
An occupation-era minefield is discovered at L’Ancresse 5th
Birth of Stone de Croze, the original Guernseyman 6th
The first ever Guernsey stamp is issued 7th
Antiquarian William Collings Lukis was born 8th
Guernsey hosts its first Parkrun at Pembroke 9th
Alderney residents lined the coast to watch Titanic pass 10th
Norfolk pupils spend a week in Guernsey 11th
A plane hit a car while landing at Guernsey Airport 12th
Battery Mirus was test fired for the first time 13th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry fights at Ypres 14th
Guernsey Mormon Sampson Avard dies in Illinois 15th
Lieutenant Governor, Lord Ruthven, died in Bath 16th
Death of the Vicar General of the Channel Islands 17th
TV’s Jeeves is rushed to hospital on Guernsey 18th
Guernsey Airport’s new terminal opened for business 19th
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie film opened 20th
Death of Guernsey-born footballer Len Duquemin
Three Jewish women are deported from Guernsey 21st
Guernsey bigamist got married for the second time 22nd
Aurigny pilot Ray Bowyer spots a UFO near Alderney 23rd
The States of Guernsey registers the gov.gg domain 24th
Guernsey-set film The Sea Devils hits cinemas 25th
Hydrofoil Condor 1 completed its final sea trials 26th
The first Muratti football match takes place 27th
Guernsey passengers stage a ferry sit-in 28th
Guernsey abolishes the death penalty for murder 29th
Finishing touches put to new hospital 30th
Murder suspects steal visitor’s boat from St Peter Port