Mar 5, 2010

Perth Airport ‘Terminal WA’ gets the go-ahead

Perth Airport ‘Terminal WA’ gets the go-ahead

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 5 2010

I have approved the Major Development Plan to construct the new ‘Terminal WA’, a dedicated charter and regional services terminal at Perth Airport.

This $136 million project is part of Westralia Airports Corporation’s proposed $1 billion upgrade of facilities at Perth Airport.

Terminal WA is expected to support more than 1,070 jobs during construction as well as additional longer-term jobs at the terminal through aviation, hospitality and other services, delivering lasting benefits to Perth’s economy.

It will initially be a dedicated facility for charter and regional flights operating within Western Australia, particularly the daily services that fly workers to and from remote mining locations.

Aviation charter services in Western Australia have increased by 41 per cent in just seven years – from 23,650 in 2002 to 33,300 movements in 2009.

Currently, these charter and regional flights use the existing domestic Terminal 3 and general aviation facilities at Perth Airport, placing increasing strain on the airport’s capacity to serve commercial flights and their passengers.

Terminal WA will be completed in 2012 and have 20 aircraft bays that can process up to 1,800 passengers each hour at its peak. This is a 50 per cent increase over the current capacity of Terminal 3.

I expect the airport owners to continue to work closely with the Western Australian Government to improve road access, including a direct link to the Tonkin Highway as well as a new on-airport road connecting the domestic and international precincts.

The Rudd Labor Government has jointly funded a transport strategy with the Western Australian Government to look at the longer term solutions for road, freight and public transport access around Perth Airport.

This strategy is due to be finalised in mid-2010.

We are committed to supporting aviation and other transport infrastructure in Western Australia to create jobs and deliver lasting benefits for communities.