Aug 23, 2011

Darwin International Airport expansion plan approved

A revised development plan for Darwin International Airport will provide more check-in desks and boarding gates to cater for a growth in passenger numbers.

Transfers between domestic and international flights will be further streamlined with more space for airline lounges, gate lounge seating and improved disabled access.

With annual passenger numbers expected to reach 2.9 million in 2016, the planned terminal expansion will see a 55 per cent increase in floor area upon its completion, which is scheduled for the end of 2013.

The updated facilities will allow for better passenger transition through check-in and security screening.

Darwin International Airport is a key economic driver for northern Australia and the terminal expansion will provide opportunities for growth on new and existing routes, including services to regional and remote communities.

The current design is geared to the low-cost carrier model and will allow for the continued growth of the Jetstar hub as well as flexibility to accommodate new airline operators in the future.

Darwin Airport has 50 days to make the changes to the Darwin International Airport Terminal Expansion Major Development Plan available to the public.