The next phase of the Gold Coast Airport is underway, with the appointment of Lendlease to deliver the southern terminal expansion.
The $370 million airport redevelopment will see a three-level terminal, including aerobridges, built to the south of the existing terminal.
It’s expected to get underway in the coming months, and will generate some 1500 jobs during construction.
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The new terminal will double the floor area of the current terminal, and – depending on demand – will offer more flexibility for domestic and international services.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said the appointment represents a significant step forward for the project, to address capacity issues and pave the way for future passenger growth.
“Gold Coast Airport looks after 6.6 million passengers a year, and this will more than double by 2037.
“The existing terminal is currently operating beyond capacity.
“This expansion will not only help us meet demand, it will create an entry point to the city, befitting the nation’s leading tourism region.
“Last year we completed the first phase of Project LIFT, the 20,000 square metre expansion of our apron to create more aircraft parking space leading into the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Mills said.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the project will support tourism growth for Australia’s premier holiday destination.
“First impressions are everything. That’s why this project is so important when it comes to giving tourists a great experience on the Gold Coast.
“We also know that ensuring tourists have easy access to the Coast is crucial when it comes to growing the local tourism industry.
“We’ll continue to work with the Gold Coast Airport to secure more flights direct to the city in the future,” Ms Jones said.