$165 MIL­LION FACELIFT AIMS TO LURE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AIR­LINES Ade­laide Air­port’s Amer­i­can dream is ready for take­off

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Ade­laide Air­port an­nounced yes­ter­day that it would de­liver a new in­ter­na­tional trav­eller ex­pe­ri­ence by 2021. Suc­cess­ful con­trac­tor, Queens­land share­mar­ket-listed com­pany Wat­pac, would start work within weeks, cre­at­ing about 200 con­struc­tion jobs at peak.

The new-look in­ter­na­tional arrivals area will fea­ture VIP fa­cil­i­ties and lounges for the first time in its his­tory, a new com­mon user lounge for in­ter­na­tional de­par­tures, a larger re­tail and din­ing precinct within in­ter­na­tional de­par­tures and an ex­panded duty free area.

The em­i­gra­tion and se­cu­rity screen­ing space is be­ing relocated from Level 2 to Level 1 and the Vir­gin Aus­tralia lounge will also be relocated.

A sec­ond bag­gage claim fa­cil­ity is also on the cards, cut­ting down on wait­ing times for pas­sen­gers.

The in­ter­na­tional terminal project is the next stage of the $1 bil­lion Ade­laide Air­port ex­pan­sion master plan over 30 years, ap­proved by the Fed­eral Govern­ment in 2015. Ade­laide Air­port leases the space from the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

Ade­laide Air­port man­ag­ing direc­tor Mark Young, pic­tured, said over­all pas­sen­ger num­bers had grown 50 per cent since 2005.

“We are work­ing on try­ing to de­velop a di­rect ser­vice with the west coast of the US, but that will take time,” he said.

“More medium-term as­pi­ra­tions will be to see in­creased fre­quency and di­rect ser­vice into China.”

The master plan fore­casts an an­nual 3 per cent in­crease in air­craft move­ments over 20 years.

Con­struc­tion of the 250room ho­tel will be com­pleted be­fore the end of the year.

The master plan pre­dicts an­nual pas­sen­ger num­bers will in­crease from 807,000 in 2013 to 2.81 mil­lion in 2034 for in­ter­na­tional flights, and from 6.1 mil­lion in 2014 to 14.1 mil­lion by 2034 for do­mes­tic flights.

Mr Young told The Ad­ver­tiser the air­port was on track to meet these pas­sen­ger tar­gets.

He said the air­port would try to min­imise the im­pact on pas­sen­gers dur­ing con­struc­tion, but warned there may be short-term dif­fi­cul­ties in the pur­suit of long-term gain.

“We’re plan­ning for it to be busi­ness as usual,” he said.

The terminal was opened in 2005, but Mr Young said pas­sen­ger growth had been faster than ex­pected. The re­de­vel­op­ment is also ex­pected to at­tract more in­ter­na­tional air­lines to the air­port. Cur­rent users in­clude Emi­rates, Qatar and China South­ern.

The 30-year vi­sion also in­cluded a light rail cor­ri­dor, al­low­ing for a tram link to the city, and a plan to triple the num­ber of do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional terminal aer­o­bridges by 2044, ac­com­mo­dat­ing new­gen­er­a­tion air­craft, in­clud­ing the A380s and Dream­lin­ers.

Ade­laide Air­port is the state’s largest em­ployer at a sin­gle site.

More than 8500 peo­ple work within the air­port precinct, and there are a fur­ther es­ti­mated 9000 jobs-plus across the state as­so­ci­ated with air­port ac­tiv­ity — a to­tal of 17,500 jobs.

A to­tal of 37,500 jobs are pre­dicted by 2030.

BIG PLANS: Artists’ im­pres­sions of the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the Ade­laide Air­port re­de­vel­op­ment.

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