Gold Coast terminal takes off

GOLD Coast Airport's $100 million new terminal redevelopment takes off next month.

Other major airports including Melbourne's Tullamarine force thousands of cut-price passengers to use "tin shed facilities.

But the Bilinga airport yesterday declared its new terminal would be "the first purpose-built facility specifically designed to cater for low-cost airlines and their passengers," according to chief operating officer Paul Donovan.

Mr Donovan said the new terminal was designed with efficiency in mind.

"Our focus is to ensure the terminal is fast and efficient for airlines and passengers, with one main check-in area for all airlines, self-service kiosks, a single baggage collection and screening point, and one main departures and arrivals area," Mr Donovan said.

He said preliminary tarmac and drainage works would start this month %before reconstruction of the terminal from July.

"These initial works %involve moving the tarmac apron lighting and bedding down airside trunk services like stormwater, sewer and power," he said.

Mr Donovan said that the preliminary works were %being staged to ensure no disruption for passengers or for nearby residents.

Stage one of the redevel- opment will more than%double the size of the existing terminal to 27,000 square metres to cater for forecast passenger growth over the next 10 years. A further stage two expansion will commence as demand dictates, Mr Donovan said.

He said the new terminal's interior design and fit-out had been finalised, with retail contracts to be let in coming weeks. "Visitors will feel like they are on holidays from the %moment they step off the plane." The $100 million redevelopment is funded by Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd.



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