Brisbane Airport has unveiled the completed Common User Satellite at its domestic terminal.
The expansion of the Common User Satellite – which is used by Jetstar, Tiger Airways, and other regional airways – has seen an increase in the number of passenger lounges and gates from two to seven, as well as two additional aircraft parking bays.
There are also new food and beverage outlets and additional space for airline offices.
In addition, the airport has announced further plans to build a new car park and elevated walkway at the domestic terminal.
Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport CEO, says: “With over 14 million passengers flying through the domestic terminal last year, in comparison to the 740,000 passengers flying through in 1988 when the terminal was first built, an expansion and upgrade has been much anticipated, and we are pleased to be able to deliver the first stage of the upgrade today with the Common User Satellite.”
According to Alroe, both Virgin and Qantas are also completing upgrades to their own sections of the terminal, to help meet demands of future passenger growth.
Domestic traffic at Brisbane Airport saw a 5% growth in March.
Alroe adds: “With growth continuing and 33 million domestic annual passengers forecast for 2029, it is necessary to expand in order to cater for demand.”
The next stages of the domestic terminal upgrade will see a new multi-level car park open, various upgrades to the domestic terminal road network, and an elevated walkway built over the roads.
The new nine-level, 5,300 bay multi-level car park, is due to be operational in the second half of 2011 and together with the existing car park, will bring the total number of bays at the domestic terminal to more than 9,000.
Meanwhile, work has also started on the domestic terminal access project – an undercover elevated walkway that will connect the new car park to the terminal.
The elevated walkway is planned to open early 2012.