Adelaide Airport has announced that a $165 million expansion of its main terminal will go ahead.

The expansion will include upgrades to international arrivals and departures and new retail and dining options for domestic and international travellers.  

Construction on the project will begin immediately with Watpac appointed as the project builder who is expected to move on-site within the next two weeks.

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

Other international gates will continue to utilise Adelaide Airport’s unique swing gate system to allow both international and domestic operations. The expansion will also see a complete refurbishment of retail areas, resulting in a more than 80 per cent increase in the overall size of the terminal’s retail and dining precinct across domestic and international areas.

Other improvements include:

  • A new common user premium international lounge
  • New VIP facilities for international arrivals and departures
  • Relocation of the Virgin Australia Lounge
  • Expansion of office space for terminal tenants, including airlines and regulatory agencies

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the terminal expansion will ensure the airport provides the highest level of customer experience for all travellers well into the future. “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,” Mr Young said.

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

Adelaide Airport Chairman, Rob Chapman, said creating additional space would open up more options when negotiating new services and destinations with international airline partners.

“This is by far our biggest infrastructure project since the completion of the existing terminal in 2005,” Mr Chapman said.

“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.”

Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive, Rob Sharp, said the terminal expansion and relocation of the Virgin Australia Lounge is a major win for travellers.

“The airport experience is an important part of our guests’ overall travel experience and the terminal upgrade will only further enhance the ground experience for our guests travelling through Adelaide,” Mr Sharp said.

“The relocation of the Virgin Australia Lounge presents an exciting opportunity and we look forward to sharing more detail on our plans in due course.”

The South Australian Government has welcomed Adelaide Airport’s $165 million expansion saying it was a vote of confidence in the South Australian economy and would help grow the state’s tourism industry.

The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

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