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.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

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.”

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