THE Gold Coast Airport $100 million passenger terminal redevelopment was officially opened yesterday by Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese and Queensland Deputy Premier Paul Lucas.
The new 30,000 square metre terminal – double the size of the previous terminal – was completed two months ahead of schedule.
Mr Lucas said that the Gold Coast airport was the sixth busiest in the nation and 35 per cent of all domestic tourists arrived by air compared to 29 per cent in Queensland. The top 5 busiest airports are all capital city airports.
"Gold Coast Airport contributes more than $1 billion to the region's economy every year and employs more than 1,200 people on an ongoing basis," Mr Albanese said. "It is one of the fastest growing airports in Australia and is a vital gateway to some of Australia's most popular tourist destinations in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales," he said.
The new terminal has been specifically designed to cater for low cost airlines and is the largest single investment in tourism infrastructure by Gold Coast Airport since securing the lease over the airport from the Federal Government in 1998.
It is expected that the new terminal will boost the number of tourists and visitors to the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales. "The terminal will help attract more tourists and visitors to the region, delivering a significant boost to local jobs and the region's economy," Mr Albanese said.
The airport features one main check-in area for all airlines including self-service kiosks, a single baggage collection and screening point, convenience store and prayer room for international visitors, as well as 13 food and beverage shops and eight specialty shops.