Adelaide Airport appoints Watpac for $123m terminal expansion


Adelaide Airport has appointed Australian construction firm Watpac as the contractor for the AUD165m ($123m) expansion of its main terminal to upgrade international arrivals and departures, and create more retail and dining options for domestic and international travellers.

Work will begin immediately with focus on improving the arrivals and departures experience for international passengers.

The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

Upgrades to the 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.

Gate 18, which will become a permanent international gate, will be the focus of improved retail and boarding facilities.

According to the airport authorities, other international gates will continue to use Adelaide Airport’s swing gate system to allow international and domestic operations.

As part of the expansion, retail areas will be refurbished, resulting in an 80% increase in the size of the terminal’s retail and dining precinct across domestic and international areas.

Other improvements will include a new common user premium international lounge; new VIP facilities for international arrivals and departures; relocation of the Virgin Australia Lounge; and expansion of office space for terminal tenants, including airlines and regulatory agencies.

Adelaide Airport managing director Mark Young said: “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.

“Since we opened the existing terminal in 2005, our overall passenger numbers have increased by close to 50%. Our international passenger numbers alone have almost tripled over the same period.

“This expansion will allow us to be fit-for-purpose based on our future growth forecasts. It’s expected the workforce on this project will reach 200 at the peak of construction.”

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