Pier B of the international terminal was originally built in 2007, providing an additional two gate lounges – Gates 15 and 16. Each of these gates can accommodate the largest commercial aircraft, the A380, or a B787 aircraft. Since Pier B’s opening we have added a bus lounge to help facilitate the transfer of passengers between the international terminal and aircraft parked on remote airfield stands.
We are currently extending Pier B to provide two more gate lounges, each with two airbridges, to accommodate the increasing number of international aircraft using our airport. The 190 metre extension will connect airfield stands 17 and 18 to the international terminal and enable Pier B to accommodate a total of four A380 or B787 aircraft at the same time Alternatively, it will be able to accommodate eight smaller international aircraft.
The first new gate lounge and its airbridges – Gate 17 – opened in November 2017 prior to the 2017/18 summer peak travel season. The second new gate lounge and its airbridges – Gate 18 – opened in February 2018.