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What will become of Findel airport's Terminal B?
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What will become of Findel airport's Terminal B?

12.12.2013 From our online archive
While Luxembourg airport's Terminal A recently welcomed its two millionth passenger of 2013, the Findel's second terminal has remained closed since 2008.

(CS) While Luxembourg airport's Terminal A recently welcomed its two millionth passenger of 2013, the Findel's second terminal has remained closed since 2008.

Terminal B was first inaugurated ten years ago, but then closed its doors in 2008 after the new Terminal A opened its doors to passengers.

It was initially intended for planes with a capacity of a maximum of 50 passengers. While travellers would still check in in Terminal A, along with everyone else, they would then be transferred to Terminal B, which was meant to allow easier access to the planes, for example by skipping the use of runway buses.

The terminal's ten gates, however, are still not in use, even though the re-opening was scheduled for last summer.

One of the reasons for the delay is the option to add shops to the terminal in order to make it more attractive to passengers.

A possible model could be the Munich airport, which opened a second terminal in 2003 and was voted best airport in Europe in 2006. One of the things particularly praised was the line-up of stores and shops – an addition which could raise Terminal B's profile also.

Lux-Airport interim CEO Claudine Leinenveber recently, however, declined to comment on the prolonged closure of Terminal B.

Architects Paczowski & Fritsch meanwhile said only that they were awaiting a final decision from the airport in order to proceed to create a model, without giving any further details.

A Ministry of Transport report dating back to mid-June outlined the future of the construction project, saying that a bridge connecting Terminal A and B remains to be built, following the demolition of the old airport terminal.

In a next step both terminals need to be linked up technically and the tarmac needs refurbishing to cover the site of the old Findel building.

The budget of the airport's refurbishment as a whole is around 162.2 million euros.

Reporting by Thierry Labro