Airport's new look set to fly

PASSENGERS using the Gold Coast Airport will notice a big change this month when the first stage of the $100 million terminal redevelopment is completed.

For the first time all domestic passengers and visitors to the airport will use one common waiting area, with the first stage of the three-stage redevelopment due to be completed by March 18.

Airport international business development manager Michael Curtis said the redevelopment was “coming along nicely” and on schedule.

“What this will mean for passengers is they will check in as usual with one of our carriers and then they will all be directed to the new common-user lounge area,” he said.

“Several high profile food and beverage providers will also open for business as part of stage one, including Pure NRG, Hungry Jacks, Eagle Boys, Sumo Salads, Take Me With You, Red Rooster and a Velocity Coffee Bar.”

Catering for the rapid growth of the airport, which serviced more than 4.2 million inbound and outbound passengers during the 2007/08 financial year, is the aim of the redevelopment that began last August and will double the size of the terminal to 28,700sqm.

To save time and money, a common check-in and security screening area for all airlines will be included in the redevelopment and should be completed by mid 2008.

Growth in international services and passengers through the airport has prompted the creation of a new customs security check and baggage drop-off area for international visitors, with work on this stage scheduled to be finished later this year.

“An additional 50 metres of roofing has been installed at the northern end of the terminal, and the riggers are back raising the last of the steel work which forms the new customs hall and the international baggage drop-off area,” Mr Curtis said.

The redevelopment also has a green focus, with work on a rain- water holding tank to be located at the southern end of the new terminal to begin soon.

“Water collected from the terminal roof will be stored in this facility and recycled for use within the new terminal and the gardens.”

The redevelopment, due to finish by March 2010, will also include new domestic and international departure and arrival gates, extra security screening areas for departing international guests, a refurbished Rainbow Bay Ale House, a larger duty free area for international tourists and better amenities for parents with children.

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