Change in the air
A new lounge and a new bus service are just some of the changes you'll see at Perth Airport by Christmas.
PERTH Airport has opened its new departure lounge as part of the $145 million expansion and refurbishment of the Terminal 1 International departures area.
Chief executive Brad Geatches said there had been consistent international passenger growth in recent years, with 4.2 million passengers travelling through T1 last financial year and forecast to increase to 5.1 million by 2019.
“The continuing demand for international air services meant we had to expand and improve the international departures experience to meet current and forecast demand,” he said.
“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.”
The lounge has the capacity to accommodate passengers departing on two A380 aircraft at the same time, with 538 seats that allow passengers to charge their electrical appliances and 184 lounge chairs.
“From this new area, passengers will be able to board directly on to the aircraft without navigating stairs and Emirates passengers will be able to access their new airline lounge,” Mr Geatches said.
“This expansion will provide travellers with an enjoyable experience comparable to other gateway airports.”