Perth Airport has opened a new Departures lounge
area in the current International Terminal 1 (T1).
This lounge is part of the A$145 million
expansion and refurbishment of the T1 International Departures
area which now also offers passengers a far greater range of
retail and dining choices along with expanded and improved
check-in, outbound Immigration and security screening areas.
The airport has seen consistent international
passenger growth in recent years, with 4.2 million passengers
travelling through T1 last financial year. This number is
forecast to increase to 5.1 million by 2019.
“The continuing demand for international air
services meant we had to expand and improve the International
Departures experience to meet current and forecast demand,” said Brad Geatches,
Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport. “We recognised that
significant investment was needed to bring this terminal up to an
acceptable standard, and we are well advanced with a diverse
program that sees a total of $325 million being invested across
new Departures lounge has the capacity to accommodate passengers
departing on two A380 aircraft at the same time, with 538 seats
that allow passengers to charge their electrical appliances prior
to their flight, and 184 comfortable lounge chairs.
this new area, passengers will be able to board directly onto the
aircraft without navigating stairs and Emirates passengers will be
able to access their new airline lounge,” said Mr Geatches. “This expansion will provide travellers with an enjoyable
experience comparable to other gateway airports.”
In addition to the new lounge, the International
Departures expansion also includes:
- 16 extra check-in counters;
- a second A380 compatible gate with direct
boarding to the aircraft;
- an expanded outbound
Immigration area with more counters and a designated area for
future technology, such as outbound SmartGates; and
security screening area more than twice the size of the previous
space with a special lane for families and people requiring assistance.
transformation of the International Departures experience includes
the remodelling and refurbishing of level one to create a central
retail and dining area prior to security screening. This will be
completed before the summer holidays, giving visitors to Perth
Airport greater choice in dining and retail.
A$12.5 million is being invested in a new ‘six-in-one’ food and
beverage concept on level two called ‘Haymarket’ comprising a bar,
café, juice bar, bakery, deli and pizzeria. Haymarket will offer
customers a unique dining experience.
Located in close
proximity to Haymarket will be a new children’s playground with
family friendly seating.
“The opening of the new departures
lounge area and the completion of the remaining works in the
coming months marks a major milestone as part of Perth Airport’s
commitment to improving the customer journey. Our aim is
to become an integral part of the community – a vibrant place to
shop, dine, relax and travel through - and an airport we can all
be proud of,” Mr Geatches said.
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