Following a $260 million terminal expansion, Gold Coast Airport is ready to welcome the rest of Australia and the world to its new 30,000sq metres domestic and international terminal.
The three-level expansion doubles the airport’s footprint – supporting current and future growth for the popular holiday and business destinations of the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales – and showcases the famous region’s unique culture and landscape.
Gold Coast Airport CEO, Amelia Evans, said the airport expansion would meet the significant anticipated growth in services in the lead-up to the 2032 Olympics and improve the experience for travellers.
“The new terminal provides an opportunity for us to continue our growth because it gives us the space that we need to better connect our region to the world,” Ms Evans said.
“This is a game-changer for the Gold Coast Airport and gives us a strong foundation for the future.”
From October 2022, those flying direct to the Gold Coast from New Zealand, Singapore and Japan will arrive via the terminal expansion and from March 2023, it will welcome passengers from Bali.
The new terminal seamlessly connects with the existing terminal and is central to the ongoing development of the Gold Coast Airport precinct, with about $500 million worth of works delivered, underway or in the pipeline.
With four glass aerobridges, seven escalators and nine lifts, new boarding facilities, a departure lounge, baggage handling and border control facilities as well as a parents room, multi-faith room and a VIP room, the new space took three years to build and created 2,000 local jobs.
It also includes new shops and cafes, six new gates and room for up to 19 large aircraft.
People waiting in the international departure lounge will enjoy spectacular views across the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales hinterland.
The new terminal design reflects the nearby natural environment on both sides of the Queensland and New South Wales border with hinterland greens and bronze to the building’s west and bright coastal blues and mint greens to the east.
Other new features include timber decking and open-glazed facades in the forecourt and plaza area to help create a relaxed Gold Coast vibe as well as a spotted gum-style feature wall mirroring the nearby hinterland mountain range.
“We have welcomed several million tourists to our shores over the past decade,” Ms Evans said.
“In that time, the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales regions have enjoyed massive growth, developed thriving dining scenes and become impressive hubs for both arts and culture.
“It has become increasingly important that the Gold Coast Airport grows alongside it.
“We needed to transform and align to the destinations we support.”
Originally published in Infrastructure Magazine. View article HERE.