Northern Territory

$60m Darwin Airport expansion to begin this month

DARWIN International Airport (DIA) is set to commence work on its $60 million upgrade later this month, which includes a $42.5 million terminal expansion project, after finalisation of the design and construct contract with developer Watpac.

The terminal expansion will result in the terminal increasing from 16,000 to 27,000 square metres and include additional departure lounge areas, improved baggage systems and security screening areas, an expanded check-in area and upgraded facilities for international travellers.

The existing Qantas lounge will also be completely redesigned and increased in size to cater for the growth of services to the region during recent years, while Virgin Australia will be opening its first-ever lounge facility in the Northern Territory.

"We're very excited to be embarking on such a major development to our airport, the biggest in our history," said DIA CEO Ian Kew, adding that the expansion will dramatically increase capacity, improve efficiencies for airline customers and terminal operators and improve passenger travelling experience.

"With improved facilities, DIA will be positioned perfectly for growth—our airline partners will be able to better grow their businesses, and our capability to develop new routes and grow services to the Top End will be enhanced," Mr Kew said.

Northern Territory Tourism and Major Events Minister Matt Conlan welcomed the announcement and thanked DIA for their significant and ongoing investment in the Territory.

"Increasing airline services into the Territory is a priority of the Country Liberals Government as we grow our tourism industry and build a bigger economy for the Territory and I look forward to working closely with DIA in the future," Mr Conlan said.

The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2014.

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