$100 million airport terminal redevelopment underway
Work has begun on the $100 million Gold Coast Airport terminal redevelopment.
Travellers through Gold Coast Airport will notice preliminary tarmac and drainage works with reconstruction of the terminal beginning in July.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Paul Donovan said the initial works were being staged to ensure no disruption to airline passenger services and minimal night works for local residents.
Stage one of the redevelopment is set to more than double the size of the existing building to 27,000 square metres to cater for forecast passenger growth over the next ten years. A further expansion (stage 2) will begin as demand dictates.
"When finished, our terminal will be the first purpose-built facility specifically designed to cater for low cost airlines and their passengers," Mr Donovan said.
"Our focus is to ensure the terminal is fast and efficient for airlines and their passengers by taking a common user approach with one main check-in area for all airlines with self service kiosks, a single baggage collection and screening point, and one main departures and arrivals area."
The entire $100 million redevelopment is fully funded by Gold Coast Airport Pty Limited and its shareholders, a 100% Australian private company which owns and operates Gold Coast Airport.
Mr Donovan said the interior design and fit out had also been finalised.
"When completed, visitors will feel like they are on holidays from the moment they step off the plane," Mr Donovan said.
"While the colours and use of natural light will add an air of sophistication, we've opted to move away from architectural statements and focus on the amazing views of the hinterland with two storey floor to ceiling glass looking across the tarmac.
"Through the screening points there will be a large retail and dining area offering a range of branded dining options from 'grab-n-go' style venues to more sophisticated coffee bars.
"We've also added some unique features for our customers including a convenience store for passengers staying in self contained apartments, a prayer room for our international guests and parents rooms in each toilet block.
"What's more the building will be fully air-conditioned, a welcome change on hot summer days."