Perth Airport Not Building Smoking Rooms

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 5 January 2012

Perth Airport has decided not to construct smoking rooms.

Instead, a dedicated, well ventilated outside smokers shelter in the vicinity of Domestic Terminal 3, and well away from the main doors of the terminal, is currently under construction.

The facility will be a short walk from the terminal and will feature Flight Information Displays as well as soft drink vending machines and seating. The shelter is not located inside the terminal, nor is it fully-enclosed as is sometimes seen at airports in Asia.

The design of the facility meets the requirements for enclosed public space calculations as per the Tobacco Control Authority.

Perth Airport CEO, Brad Geatches said it was important to address the issue of smoking on the forecourt of the terminals so that passengers, visitors and airport workers did not have to walk through a curtain of smoke to enter the terminals.

This is a pragmatic approach to eliminate the impact of passive smoking on all workers and visitors to the airport. The facility we are building is not a room, but a well-ventilated area away from the front of the terminal to improve the airport experience, Mr. Geatches said. 

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