13 OCT 15
PERTH Airport has opened the latest part of its $450 million redevelopment of the estate with the expansion of the international departures area now open.
Worth $145 million by itself, the expansion now provides departing international passengers with extra amenities like sixteen extra check-in counters, a second A380-capable gate, an expanded outbound immigration area and a security area more than twice the size of the previous one.
Seating areas have now been greatly increased, with 538 seats, each with electrical power and 184 lounge chairs.
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The upgrade to the expansion also includes improvements to retail and service amenities in the area, a further $12.5 million for a service concept titled the ‘Haymarket’, which promises a bar, cafe, juice bar, bakery, deli and pizzeria all in one, adjacent to a soon-to-be-completed children’s playground.
Perth Airport CEO, Brad Geatches said,
“The continuing demand for international air services meant we had to expand and improve the International Departures experience to meet current and forecast demand
We recognised that significant investment was needed to bring this terminal up to an acceptable standard, and we are well advanced with a diverse program that sees a total of $325 million being invested across the terminal
From this new area, passengers will be able to board directly onto the aircraft without navigating stairs and Emirates passengers will be able to access their new airline lounge
This expansion will provide travellers with an enjoyable experience comparable to other gateway airports
The opening of the new departures lounge area and the completion of the remaining works in the coming months marks a major milestone as part of Perth Airport’s commitment to improving the customer journey.
Our aim is to become an integral part of the community – a vibrant place to shop, dine, relax and travel through – and an airport we can all be proud of”.
Perth Airport had 4.9 million international passengers in the 2014 financial year, with 5.1 predicted by 2019.