New taxi ranks cut wait times at Perth Airport

By John Walton, June 26 2012
New taxi ranks cut wait times at Perth Airport

Getting a taxi from Perth Airport just got easier for international travellers, thanks to a new and improved taxi rank at the international terminal, with domestic travellers set to see a second new rank by the end of the year.

The new international taxi rank is double the size of the old one, with eight pick up bays.

Peak arrival times will see a taxi marshal directing traffic and keeping gaps in the flow of taxis to a minimum, while off-peak there's a call point to bring a cab to you as soon as possible.

The airport promises "an improved customer experience, removing the need for pedestrians to cross roads and providing covered walkways and extensive landscaping from the terminal to awaiting taxis".

But those covered walkways will only be needed for eighteen months: "Over the next 18 months we are expanding the terminal towards the new rank and, when completed, the two will sit side by side," Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches explains.

Over on the domestic side, "exciting plans are also afoot" -- in this case, a second taxi rank. (Do try to contain your elation.)

The new domestic rank isn't fully designed yet, but once the taxi association has been consulted the airport hopes to have it in place by the end of the year.

Airport boss Brad Geaches explains: "We know how important it is to ensure the final stages of a passenger’s journey are of a high standard, and the second taxi rank in the domestic precinct will lessen the walk distance for passengers arriving on flights in Terminal 3."

The moves are all part of the $700 million futuristic makeover for Perth's airport to cope with the resources boom in Western Australia.

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

Such a simple improvement makes such a difference! Looking forward to going back home to Perth later in the year.

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I travel through Perth airport about 60 times a year, so any improvement is welcomed. It is great to see they are working to fix the taxi lanes for arriving passengers, pity the 'upgrade' for departing domestic passengers was so well planned that the situation has almost gotten back to where it was a couple of years ago before the 'upgrade'. When arriving at peak times now I get the taxi to go into the main carpark as the traffic to get to the drop off area is horrendous. I hope that the new terminal upgrades work and that they help Perth airport become something to, if not be proud of, at least not have to apologise for as it has been for the past decade.

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