Gold Coast Airport’s $260 million terminal expansion will open to passengers later this year, the business has announced.
The three-level project will double the building’s capacity and offer “spectacular” views of both the surrounding area as well the northern NSW hinterland.
It comes with domestic and international passenger numbers expected to grow from about 6.5 million pre-COVID-19 to more than 10 million by the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games. The city’s population is also expected to double to 1.2 million by 2050.
Chief executive Amelia Evans said the development would also allow the airport to offer new routes.
“Even when the pandemic and restrictions to stop its spread forced us to close for 45 days in 2020, we proceeded to ensure we were ready to facilitate the demand in travel when recovery came,” she said. “In April, we achieved a post-pandemic record of more than half a million people travelling through the terminal, reinforcing the decision.”
The expansion, designed by Hassell and built by Lendlease, will include a triple-height glass-walled departure hall, four glass aerobridges, and space for 18 new food and retail outlets.
The development is part of a wider $500 million of investment in the Gold Coast Airport precinct since 2018, including the $260 million terminal, $86 million in airside works, and other associated infrastructure.
Australian Aviation reported last month how passenger traffic on the Canberra to Gold Coast route has almost doubled since before COVID, according to a new report by the ACCC.
It said Gold Coast to Melbourne flights and Adelaide to Sydney flights also surpassed 2019 levels.
Gold Coast Airport also became Australia’s first major airport to fully recover from COVID-19, with passenger and flight numbers beating pre-pandemic records.
The facility welcomed and bid farewell to almost 25,000 people on Easter Monday — a new monthly record — and close to the all-time high of 25,455 passengers on 4 January 2020.