A $1billion upgrade of Perth Airport has begun, with Premier Alan Carpenter turning the first sod for works on the facility’s 23ha aircraft parking apron.
The apron will service the new intra-state Terminal WA and have a capacity to hold 35 aircraft servicing flights within Western Australia.
“These works signal the start of some major infrastructure changes at Perth Airport,” Mr Carpenter said.
“Terminal WA will play an important role in expanding Perth Airport’s capacity over coming years and help service fly-in fly-out operations to resources projects across the State.”
Perth Airport chief of staff Brad Geatches said the start of redevelopment works came as the number of passengers being handled by the airport hit a record nine million for the 2007-08 financial year.
“This represents an increase of more than 13 per cent on last financial year, with domestic passengers increasing to 6.65 million and international passengers rising to 2.51 million,” Mr Geatches said.
“Passenger traffic at the airport has more than doubled since 2001-02, while airfield movements associated with the resources sector have doubled since 2005.
“Perth Airport’s growth is directly linked to the strength of the WA economy and with high commodity prices and a burgeoning resources sector, we expect record growth at the airport to continue for the foreseeable future.”
Mr Geatches said the airport had started discussions with airlines on the future use and commercial arrangements for Terminal WA, which was a separate project from the apron.
“As soon as these negotiations are completed Perth Airport will release a Major Development Plan for public comment, as required under Commonwealth law,” he said.
The airport redevelopment also included plans for an airport hotel and multi-storey car park to be delivered over the next five to seven years.
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