PERTH’S NEW AIR­PORT PLAN

The West Australian - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­of­frey Thomas Avi­a­tion Ed­i­tor

Perth Air­port is promis­ing a world-class, $1.5 bil­lion up­grade by late 2024 that will fu­ture-proof the avi­a­tion hub as the WA econ­omy gets set to surge.

The air­port has re­leased the first im­ages of its pro­posal to bring all flight ser­vices to­gether with an up­graded in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal and a new, in­te­grated do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal.

Perth Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Brown told The Week­end

West that the In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal Up­grade project would pro­vide ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity, with in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger num­bers ex­pected to grow by around 50 per cent over the next decade.

The project will be in two phases, with the first com­pleted by 2024 and the sec­ond to be de­liv­ered at a fu­ture date, de­pend­ing on pas­sen­ger growth and air­line needs.

“We’re com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence and at the same time de­liv­er­ing the nec­es­sary ca­pac­ity and flex­i­bil­ity for our air­line part­ners,” Mr Brown said.

“By un­der­tak­ing the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal project in two phases, we can de­liver that out­come in a timely and ef­fi­cient man­ner to meet de­mand and al­low our air­line part­ners to grow their busi­nesses.

“The first phase will in­clude three new in­ter­na­tional gates ac­cessed through the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal build­ing.

“It will pro­vide new tech­no­log­i­cal pro­cesses such as self­ser­vice bag drop, im­proved board gate fa­cil­i­ta­tion and new re­tail and food and bev­er­age out­let lay­outs.

“There will also be new air­line lounges which have bet­ter views and are closer to board­ing gates.

Our aim is to pro­vide smoother move­ment of pas­sen­gers from kerb­side to flight gate. We’ll be look­ing at the lat­est bio­met­rics tech­nol­ogy to help cre­ate this seam­less pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s also a great op­por­tu­nity to fix some of the is­sues with the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal lay­out, in­clud­ing bring­ing the lounges and re­tail ar­eas to­gether for a bet­ter cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence and do­ing away with the need for pas­sen­gers to tra­verse mul­ti­ple flights of stairs to reach their flight.”

Crit­i­cal to this plan is for Qan­tas to ful­fil its prom­ise made to the State Gov­ern­ment, when it helped with the Perth to Lon­don non­stop flight, to move its op­er­a­tions to the eastern side of the air­port.

A new do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal will be in­te­grated into the up­graded in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal.

It will al­low Qan­tas to com­plete its move to the cen­tral air­port precinct by 2025.

Mr Brown said the air­port was look­ing to ac­cel­er­ate talks with Qan­tas about its needs for the in­te­grated ter­mi­nal project.

Pic­tures: Perth Air­port

An artist’s im­pres­sion of Perth Air­port’s In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal Up­grade.

How out­side might look in 2030.

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