Heathrow Airport is hosting the largest airport exhibition in the United Kingdom later this year, which highlights the need for fit out work on airports throughout the country.
The British-Irish Airports EXPO will hit London in June – its third year after two highly successful events.
Since its launch in 2016 – which in itself was the largest exhibition for the airport industry on these shores – the exhibition has grown in size and stature, which resulted in a move to the larger, sold-out Birmingham NEC last year.
The exhibition this June is in London and will feature more than 200 exhibitors showcasing the fit out opportunities in the aviation industry.
The popularity of exhibitions and expo events that focus on airport and aircraft interiors stretches much further than the UK though; in April the largest Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) took place in Hamburg, breaking a number of records, with companies highlighting how air travel will change for passengers.
Airports in the UK are upgrading their facilities. Much has been written about Heathrow Airport’s plans for a third runway, but airports across the UK are taking advantage of the expertise of fit out specialists.
Manchester Airport’s semi-permanent gate lounge has been completed, which can hold approximately 650 passengers.
It will be operational for the next two years as Terminal 2 is demolished, and the reconstruction takes place.
It was completed with a fit out to ensure facilities to suit passengers and their needs.
In Scotland, Edinburgh Airport awarded a contract at the start of this year, worth £10 million, which will see its new terminal extension completed with a fit out.
Edinburgh Airport’s Capital Director, Ian Lang, said: “As Edinburgh Airport continues to grow, it’s important we provide infrastructure that is fit for purpose and meets the needs of passengers and our airline partners whilst maintaining day to day operations.”
This perfectly highlights that fit out contractors are being sought by the UK’s airports, as popularity in the aviation industry grows.