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Faro airport arrivals re-opens
The arrivals area of Faro airport reopened to the public on Tuesday this week, six months after a storm caused the roof to partially collapse.
“We coincided the reopening of the internal arrivals area with the refurbishment of the arrivals and departures zones on the exterior of the building and the way in which traffic flows, which will be completely different to how it is now,” said airport director António Correia Mendes.
The arrivals area of the airport had been closed since the early hours of 24 October, when a storm caused damage to the roof structure as well as part of the check-in area, leading to some desks being closed.
Even without all of the repairs having been completed, a number of check-in desks were reopened to the public before and just after Easter.
Four main construction companies and more than 50 workers and technicians have been working on various fronts during the past six months to ensure the structures were reopened to the public as soon as possible.
According to Mr. Correia Mendes, this was achieved “through a lot of effort”.
Aside from the exterior work being carried out as quickly as possible, the priority for national airport management company ANA-Aeroportos de Portugal has been the other extremity of the airport, to ensure passengers have a more comfortable experience in arrivals.
Since the damage caused by the storm, passengers who arrived at Faro airport were sent through a tunnel, then had to cross a road after which they reached a car parking area, near which there was a large tent with some support facilities.
Despite all the work, not all of the covered area was opened to the public on Tuesday, with a small area near the arrivals area still being blocked off for the next few weeks while work continues on the exterior of the building.
Following the end of the repair work, most of which is expected to be complete by June, there will be more exterior renovation work, with new roads and car parking areas that is due to continue until April 2013.
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