Westralia Airports Corporation, the operator of
Perth Airport, has welcomed the announcement by the Premier of
Western Australia, highlighting arterial roads in the vicinity of
Perth Airport as the State’s number one infrastructure priority.
The arterial roads around Perth Airport have
become increasingly congested during the traditional morning and
evening metropolitan peak hours, making it difficult for users of
the airport, including international visitors, to access the
terminals due mainly to Tonkin Highway congestion.
Perth Airport has been assisting the State
Government to develop plans for arterial road upgrades in the
vicinity of Kewdale and Perth Airport, particularly Tonkin Highway
and its connections with Leach Highway, Horrie Miller Drive and
These upgrades, which the Premier confirmed as a
high priority for the State, will compliment Westralia Airports
Corporation’s major redevelopment of the airport.
“The redevelopment of Perth Airport and the
government’s plans to upgrade the city’s highways in the Kewdale
area will combine to deliver a greatly improved experience for
local airport users, international visitors and local residents
who will benefit from less congestion” said Perth Airport CEO,
Brad Geatches. “We can continue with our plans to progressively
consolidate all passenger air services into the international
precinct knowing that the arterial road network will also be
upgraded to meet the needs of the new airport. The support of the
State Government and their commitment to this project is certainly
to be commended.”
Perth Airport’s plans to invest $300 million in
the first phase of the major airport redevelopment remain on track
and include a new Domestic Terminal, “Terminal WA”, major
expansions to the International Terminal and an on-airport public
road connecting the two airport precincts.
Terminal WA will be built next to the current
International Terminal and once complete, a number of the domestic
airlines will relocate to the new terminal from the current
domestic precinct. This new terminal marks the first phase in the
progressive consolidation of Perth Airport into one precinct.
Construction of Terminal WA is expected to
commence in mid 2010 and will be completed in early 2012. The
redevelopment of the International Terminal is also expected to be
completed in 2012.
The on-airport public road connecting the two
precincts is being fully-funded by Perth Airport at a cost of $21
million. This new road will be open to the public within 12 months
and will greatly reduce the time taken to transfer between the two
airport precincts. Perth Airport will also be commencing a high
quality, regular shuttle bus service between the two precincts on
the new road.
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