Canberra International Airport opens new terminal

12 March 2013 (Last Updated March 12th, 2013 18:30)

Australia's Canberra International Airport has opened the $420m Western Concourse Terminal, marking the completion of the second phase of the airport's redevelopment.

Canberra Airport new terminal

Australia's Canberra International Airport has opened the $420m Western Concourse Terminal, marking the completion of the second phase of the airport's redevelopment.

The new Western Concourse Terminal, which hosts Virgin Australia and regional airlines, features a new aircraft apron, multi-level car parks, an indoor taxi rank and a two-level, dual-lane axial roadway.

A three-storey glass atrium links the airport's new terminal with the Southern Concourse, which opened in 2010 and is currently used by Qantas.

Additional features of the new terminal include 44 check-in counters, added passenger screening areas and four new baggage carousels.

Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said: "The new airport, which has been emerging progressively from the old one, is a major step forward for Canberra as a destination for both domestic and international visitors."

"The new apron is capable of handling 16 narrow-bodied and four wide-bodied jets."

The new terminal is intended to help Canberra Airport cater to increasing annual passenger traffic, which is set to more than double to 6.14 million passengers over the next 20 years.

The new expanded apron incorporates draining and pollution control systems, electrical and communication duct systems, aircraft ground anchorages, and earthing points.

According to the airport, the new apron is capable of handling 16 narrow-bodied and four wide-bodied jets.

The two multi-level covered car parks offer 1,000 parking spaces each, with 450 more spaces provided by two open-air car parks. A parking guidance system (PGS) provides drivers with information about available parking spaces.

Work on the airport's new international terminal is currently underway, which upon completion will feature customs, immigration and quarantine facilities, alongside dedicated transit lounges, baggage screening, processing and collecting points, money exchanges and duty free retail.


Image: The $420m Western Concourse Terminal is intended to boost the airport's passenger capacity. Credit: Canberra Airport.