PERTH’S NEW AIRPORT PLAN
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.
An artist’s impression of Perth Airport’s International Terminal Upgrade.
How outside might look in 2030.