Big plans for transit terminal
CRUISE Whitsundays has unveiled plans for its new transit terminal at Port of Airlie which is hoped to be operational by mid-2014.
At an agent’s night onboard the newly refurbished Seahorse last week, Cruise Whitsundays executive director Chris Jacobs said the company had purchased more than double the amount of seabed originally assigned to Fantasea as well as an adjacent block of land and would be building a state-of-the-art transit terminal on site.
“This is a big step up from anything seen in the Whitsundays before in terms of better coping with looking after the many hundreds of thousands of guests who come into the Whitsundays,” Mr Jacobs said.
Mr Jacobs said the terminal’s design was based on an airport, “except on the other side of the building instead of planes are boats”.
Just like an airport, the building will be split into arrival and departure areas. Its large check-in area will include luggage conveyor belts, ticket machines for electronic boarding and a cafe which will double as a waiting area with seating capacity for 150-200 people. There will also be a gift shop, toilet facilities and full wheelchair access. Cruise Whitsundays administrations will be run from a large office on the first floor.
“Port of Airlie will become our home entirely,” Mr Jacobs said.
From an aesthetic point of view, Mr Jacobs said the building had been designed to fully integrate with Council’s new bus transit facility and the rest of the Port of Airlie development.
As for when the plans would become a reality, Mr Jacobs said the design drawings and applications were in with Council “and the 342 other departments that have to sign off on it”.
“That process will take about six months [and] the day we’ve got all the approvals we will start building,” he said.“It’s going to be somewhere around the middle of next year when we hope to be opening this facility and operating it.”
CONCEPT PLANS: A concept design drawing of the transit facility Cruise Whitsundays intends to build at Port of Airlie, which is based on the design of an airport, with separate areas for arrivals and departures.