‘Gate 51’ ITB to be upgraded to ‘A380-capable’ by 2013

From March 2013, Emirates will fly 3 times daily to Perth. WAC redevelopment priorities see the redevelopment of Gate 51 to an A380 capable stand expediting for completion in 2013 to meet Emirates requirements. Perth will likely become Emirates third Australian A380 destination.

These developments aside passengers travelling internationally will still be required to go from the ground floor up to the level three departure lounge, before walking down stairs to aerobridges on level two. In addition, our measurements on the scale plans put the unaided walking distance between check-in and the furthest international gate beyond both 265m or 300m, industry guidelines for an airport serving 20 mppa or 25 mppa respectively. Figures Perth Airport may surpass by the end of the decade if growth continues at current rates.

CEO Brad Geatches says “our vision is to ensure all customers and visitors…enjoy a superior customer experience”. I doubt that. At an airport with exponential traffic growth, superior service in a facility designed for go ‘good service’, does not deliver the ‘best in airport design’.

From: http://www.carry-on.com.au/airports/perth-airport-airport-design-unlikely/
Image:http://www.carry-on.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/New-departures-hall_A380-gates.jpg

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