Air­port T2 makeover

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By Dave Jamieson TER­MI­NAL 2 (T-2) at Málaga’s air­port is to be re­mod­elled at a cost of €8.4 mil­lion. Ap­pli­ca­tions to ten­der for the 20-month project are due by Septem­ber 19 and the project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by late 2019 or early 2020.

T-2 opened on Novem­ber 30, 1991, and was given the name Pablo Ruiz Pi­casso by the city of Málaga. It han­dles mainly flights from non-Schen­gen and non-EU coun­tries.

The makeover will bring T-2 up to the stan­dard of T-3 which opened in 2010 and will in­clude com­plete re­paint­ing, and the re­place­ment of the floor­ing, false ceil­ings, pub­lic lava­to­ries, heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems. Fire de­tec­tion sys­tems are to be mod­ernised while heat pumps and cold air gen­er­a­tors on the roof be­tween T-1 and T-2 are to be re­placed be­cause of their age.

With the vol­ume of pas­sen­gers con­stantly in­creas­ing - in July, the air­port broke its record of han­dling two mil­lion pas­sen­gers in a month - the project will be de­signed for min­i­mum dis­rup­tion. The air­port’s op­er­a­tor Aena says T-2 will not close dur­ing the work, even if it means ex­tend­ing con­trac­tors’ dead­lines or work­ing overnight.

In a sep­a­rate 13-month project, Aena has al­lo­cated €4.4 mil­lion for up­grad­ing the air­port’s park­ing fa­cil­i­ties for trav­ellers, as well as for air­port staff and car rental com­pa­nies. The work is ex­pected to be com­pleted by early 2019.

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