Perth Airport set for $500m upgrade

A $500m program is being deployed at Perth Airport
over the next three years to meet growth in demand, giving the airport new and
expanded passenger terminals, expanded aircraft parking areas, and greater
public access to the terminal.

The resources boom in Western Australia has
contributed to a 7.5 per cent increase in the 2009-10 financial year, to a
record 10.4 million passenger movements. A number of key drivers underpin the
higher growth in air service demand in the State, primarily due to population
growth, relatively high disposable income and employment levels as well as
reliance on air travel for both business and leisure.

Growing demand from the resources sector is
demonstrated in the airport’s plans, which include a new ‘fly in, fly out’
terminal dedicated to workers heading from Perth to the State’s resource-rich
north-west. The terminal, designed in consultation with BHP Billiton and Rio
Tinto, will be built on a single level so that workers can arrive from
interstate and head out on regional flights without having to move between

The first stage of the redevelopment will commence in
early 2011 and include expansion of the international terminal, including
facilities for Airbus A380 aircraft used by three airlines that fly into Perth.
Aircraft parking and taxiways will also be expanded
along with roads and car parking to provide better access to and from the

You can view a photo gallery of the new Perth Airport
on the Australian Business Traveller site here.
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