PERTH Airport's new $120 million Domestic Terminal 2 (T2) – the first new terminal to be built at the Airport in 26 years – was last week officially opened by Minister for Defence and Federal Member for Perth, Stephen Smith.
Mr Smith, who was representing Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, said the opening was significant, given Perth Airport is a key driver of the Western Australian economy and part of one of Australia's fastest growing cities.
"In the last year alone, passenger numbers at Perth Airport reached the highest number on record, climbing to 12.6 million," Mr Smith said, adding that the new terminal will support this growth and that of the state's resources sector.
According to Perth Airport, the new terminal includes:
- Access via a 'walk-in' landscaped plaza to a spacious terminal building;
- A check-in hall with 16 check-in counters and space for new check-in technology, including self-service and bag drop;
- A large central passenger security screening zone to minimise queuing times;
- An expansive departures area with high quality retail and dining options, and views across the airfield;
- A very large aircraft apron with up to 14 aircraft gates connected to the terminal by covered walkways, providing full protection from the elements;
- Well-designed taxiways for quick turn-around of multiple aircraft in the peak periods; and
- Three large baggage reclaim belts to reduce waiting times.
Retail and food outlets in the new terminal include Hudsons Coffee, The Coffee Club, Four Alls Brew House, Subway, Relay and Hub Convenience.
"These are very exciting times for Perth Airport and the completion of T2 is just the first stage and a critical milestone in an extensive transformation to ensure all our customers have a great experience," said Perth Airport's Chief Executive Officer, Brad Geatches.
Mr Albanese said the new terminal will speed up passenger movements for regional travellers as well as the estimated one million fly-in fly-out workers who are expected use the terminal in the first year.
"In approving this vital development, the Federal Labor Government recognised the importance of Perth Airport to the people of Western Australia, to the State, and to the national economy," Mr Albanese said.
The Minister said the government also recognised the need to invest in the surrounding land transport links to support future growth in Western Australia, citing its $686 million investment in the Gateway WA project.
Work on the $1 billion Gateway WA project is now underway and expected to be completed in 2017. The project involves upgrades of the road network around the airport and nearby industrial estates to improve access to Perth Airport and surrounding areas.