AN artist’s impression of how the Gold Coast Airport departure lounge will look once renovations are complete next year.
AN artist’s impression of how the Gold Coast Airport departure lounge will look once renovations are complete next year.

Airport revamp nears completion

THE long-awaited $100 million redevelopment of the Gold Coast Airport is almost complete, with the opening of the new terminal set for March 2010.

The redevelopment has seen the terminal more than double in size to cater for passenger growth.

It is now the fifth busiest airport in Australia.

It is leading the way in Australian airports with an innovative shared computer system, Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE) which all airline staff will use.

“This is an advantage for passengers as it will make checking in much easier and faster with the one area regardless of which airline you fly with,” Airport communications coordinator Melissa Pearce said.

The master plan for this redevelopment was created in 2007, but the development did not start until March 2008.

Stages 1, 2 and 3, which took 18 months to complete, include a new departure lounge with more retail stores and an extensive selection of food and beverage outlets. There are also 36 new check-in desks, a new security area with six X-ray machines and more metal detectors.

Stage 4, which began in August this year, will include a new customs area and state-of-the-art baggage and sorting system which will cater for double the previous baggage capacity, and finalise external landscaping.

Chief operating officer Paul Donovan is pleased that the project has created approximately 400 additional permanent jobs.

“It’s also extremely good for the Gold Coast Tourism industry, with the number of daily domestic passengers already having significantly increased, as well as an unbelievable amount of international passengers now using the airport,” Mr Donovan said.


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