Brisbane airport in Australia has opened its upgraded Domestic Terminal, finished at an investment cost of $350m.
The Domestic Terminal Precinct project began in 2010 and includes the $40m enhancement of common user satellite terminal, a $60m expansion of stage 2 northern domestic terminal apron, construction of a new $196m nine-storey car park and an elevated skywalk.
The upgrade also features a 5,000-space smart car park with Skywalk, as well as a new forecourt area and central taxi rank and a revamp of the road network within the precinct terminal.
Brisbane Airport (BAC) chairman Bill Grant said: "It's been a significant project that will ensure Brisbane Airport is well prepared to manage the 33 million passengers we anticipate will be travelling through the Domestic Terminal by 2029."
According to the airport, the new $4.5m free public pick-up area (PPU) facility, when opened in mid-September 2012, will offer 20 minutes of free parking for drivers waiting to receive passengers from the Domestic Terminal.
The project also included the deployment of an eight-storey kinetic artwork on the east region of the new airport's car parking space.
Developed as part of a $4.2bn infrastructure programme at Brisbane, the project included the construction of Domestic Terminal Skywalk in February 2008, and a $340m International Terminal expansion project.
Brisbane airport's passenger traffic expects to more than double its current 19 million annual figure to 51 million by 2030.
Brisbane airport operator, BAC, revealed that in its next expansion phase, a new parallel runway will be built at the airport, which is expected to be completed by 2020 and it will also upgrade existing domestic terminal buildings.
BAC, which has a 99-year lease to operate the airport, has also begun the preliminary ground work for the construction of new parallel runway.
Image: The terminal upgrade project at Brisbane airport is part of a $4.2bn infrastructure programme. Photo: courtesy of Nate Cull.