Darwin International Airport (DIA) has opened the doors to its newly completed terminal expansion.
The $75 million project has improved the airport’s ability to handle passengers during peak periods thanks to a bigger arrivals and departures area, six additional boarding gates, more space for security screening and three new aircraft parking bays.
The terminal floorspace has increased to 27,000 square metres, from 16,000, while the airport apron was extended by 15,000 square metres.
Meanwhile, Qantas and Virgin Australia have recently opened new lounges at Darwin Airport, while new retail and food outlets have also been opened.
Northern Territory Airports chief executive Ian Kew said the terminal expansion ensured the airport was capable of handling the expected growth in passenger traffic from 2.3 million a year currently in the period ahead.
“The terminal expansion project aimed to cater for this growth—to create a bigger, more efficient terminal that offers visitors a better customer experience and supports DIA’s airline and retail partners to build their businesses,” Kew said in a statement.
“Investment in the airport’s infrastructure benefits the Top End by helping to attract and grow air services to the region, supporting tourism, business and industry.
“DIA is majority owned by superannuation funds. Its success contributes to secure financial incomes for Australians, including thousands of Territorians.”
Northern Territory Airports runs Darwin, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek airports.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott was present for the official opening ceremony.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new terminal would be a major boost to tourism in the Top End.
“The Australian Government made a commitment to develop northern Australia and this project supports that commitment, with growth in passenger traffic expected to reach four million people by 2030,” Truss said in a statement.
“With the airport contributing almost two per cent to Gross State Product, this project is an essential upgrade and continues our plan for a more productive and prosperous Australia.”