Plans announced for Bournemouth airport hotel

Hotel News - 09/06/2011

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Developers have just announced plans for the possible construction of a hotel on the site of Bournemouth Airport. The announcement comes as a huge refurbishment project at the airport looks set to be finished both on-budget and on-time.

Over the last two years, millions of pounds have been invested in a programme of upgrades and development at Bournemouth Airport. The ongoing work, which is costing £45 million, should be finished by the end of this summer.

So far, the airport is enjoying an arrivals and departure terminal building that was rebuilt and has already re-opened, the installation of a new surface covering the runway’s full length, a 100-per-cent increase in the size of the airport’s apron, and the installation of brand new lighting and navigational equipment.

Manchester Airport Group (MAG)’s development unit, MAG Developments, is casting its eye over the possible construction of a hotel for Bournemouth Airport, which MAG owns. Plans call for building a hotel that could open next year.

An MAG spokesperson said Bournemouth Airport currently has no hotel close to the terminal building. With the existing redevelopment programme at the airport due to be finished before the fall, the company is keep to address the facility’s lack of convenient accommodation.

MAG is still investigating if a hotel development would be viable for the site. It is also reviewing how many guest rooms might be needed and what level of service would be required both to serve market demand and extend the facilities available at the airport.

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