Work will begin this month on a A$165 million expansion of Adelaide Airport’s main terminal in South Australia.
Announced yesterday, the expansion will significantly improve the arrivals and departures experience for international passengers and create more retail and dining options for domestic and international travellers. The overall terminal footprint will be increased by 16,500sq m with the retail area growing by more than 80 per cent to 7257sq m.
Due for completion in 2021, the project is the largest upgrade at the airport since the existing terminal was opened in 2005. Carriers offering international services in and out of Adelaide include China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand.
International passenger numbers at Adelaide Airport have almost tripled since 2005, highlighting the importance of the upgrade. International upgrades will include a second, longer baggage belt for arrivals, more space for emigration and immigration processing, expanded security screening, a larger duty free precinct for arrivals and departures, and expanded dining and retail options.
Other improvements include a complete refurbishment of retail areas, a new common user premium international lounge, relocation of the Virgin Australia Lounge and an expansion of office space for terminal tenants including airlines and regulatory agencies.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the terminal expansion would allow them to be fit-for-purpose based on growth forecasts. “Our aim is to provide a seamless, connected experience from the time you drive into the airport until you board your aircraft, and vice versa,” Young said. “While we still have sufficient gate capacity to meet future forecast growth in the number of flights, we’re reaching capacity within the terminal.
Adelaide Airport Chairman Rob Chapman said creating additional space would open up more options when negotiating new services and destinations with international airline partners. “We believe Adelaide Airport has the best airport terminal in Australia, and this expansion will allow us to continue to offer the high level of customer service that our travellers expect,” he said.
A $50 million, 165-room Atura hotel with direct links to the existing terminal is expected to open in the December 2018 Quarter.
South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said the redevelopment will help South Australia attract more international airlines and accommodate more air services.“It’s certainly very encouraging to see private sector investment of this scale in South Australia and I would like to congratulate Adelaide Airport on this significant investment,” he said.