Airport T2 makeover
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.