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 floors.

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 airport.

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