Published on: 30 August 2018
An airport terminal is not a DIY store. And we want to keep it that way. That’s why we use smart methods to transport building materials for the refurbishment of Departures and Lounge 1 to their destinations. This ensures that travellers experience as little inconvenience as possible from the renovations. How do we put everything in place? Well, that depends on what it is.
Pop it in the lift
Materials that fit in the Expeditiestraat or Vertrekpassage lifts can be whisked up to the third floor at a touch of the button. We do this when it is relatively quiet at the airport: between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. During the day, the lifts are used too intensively by passengers and personnel to permit this. When it comes to getting heavy or awkward sized materials where they need to be, we have to think up alternatives. We have come up with quite a few creative solutions in recent months.
Lifting like crazy
Have you seen the cranes at Departures 1? They operate from the drop-off road at departure level or from D03 on airside. We use these to lift steel structures, for example, in the evening hours, too. We can get them in via the roof at those times.
Don't walk under ladders… and certainly not under cranes!
As things have to be shifted about and lifted in Departures 1, special measures are called for to ensure the safety of passengers and personnel. It is a really bad idea to walk under a crane that is in operation, which is why we deploy Passenger Assistants to make sure that no one walks through areas where lifting is taking place. We also lift materials into the building on airside during the evening and at night.
In some cases, the temporary closure of parts of the airport – such as the Departure, Arrival and Reclaim Halls, stairs or lifts – is inevitable. When something very big has to be brought in, like a new pedestrian bridge, for example, we have to close off sections to guarantee the safety of passengers and personnel.