Darwin Airport set for $60m upgrade

By David Flynn, April 30 2013
Darwin Airport set for $60m upgrade

Darwin International Airport will embark on a $60m year-long upgrade next month which will deliver an expanded terminal, enlarged Qantas Club and an all-new 150 seat Virgin Australia lounge.

The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2014, but the airport says the expansion "will be carefully staged to minimise its impact on the airport’s existing operations."

And yes, the architecture is very 'top end' – it's definitely more function than flash!

The revamped terminal represents $42.5m of the total bill and will almost double in size, going from 16,000 to 27,000 square metres.

The extra space will be used for an expanded check-in area, additional departure lounge areas plus improved baggage systems and security screening.

Travellers will also see new shops and food and beverage outlets, including the Bumbu eatery by Darwin-based chef and restauranter Jimmy Shu, and the Dôme café with floor to ceiling airside views.

"We're very excited to be embarking on such a major development to our airport, the biggest in our history" said Darwin International Airport CEO Ian Kew.

"The expansion will increase capacity dramatically, enabling us to improve efficiencies for our airline customers and terminal operators, and improve the travelling experience for our passengers."

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


04 Nov 2010

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Definitely NOT going to win any awards for the best-looking airport!

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05 Oct 2012

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Well the QF lounge certainly needs expanding. Was in there last week catching a midday flight to BNE and people were hanging from the rafters. Hardly a place to stand let alone sit - but the staff seem to deal with it all in their stride. Good news also re the opening of a Virgin lounge, long overdue,

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