Perth Airport reveals futuristic design for $700m makeover

By David Flynn, March 8 2012
Perth Airport reveals futuristic design for $700m makeover

It might seem like something out of The Jetsons, but this is the latest look for Perth Airport.

Designed by Australian-based international architectural practice Woods Bagot, the extension to the international terminal is part of an ambitious three-year $700 million project to update both the domestic and international arms of the airport – which is expected to be handling some 20 million passengers per year by 2031 if the state’s resources boom keeps on, well, booming.

The first stage of the expansion includes the construction of a new domestic terminal, adjacent to the current international terminal, which is already underway and scheduled to open early in 2013.

The second major project includes a $500m expansion and upgrade of the International arrivals area including a larger incoming duty free retail area and baggage reclaim hall, relocating the immigration primary line to the first level and reconfiguring the quarantine and customs secondary search area on the ground floor.

By mid-2014 the international terminal will also sport a new pier with two Airbus A380 gates, although this will also also handle domestic flights for easier passenger transfers.

Another part of the plan is the new ‘fly in, fly out’ terminal dedicated to workers heading from Perth to the state’s resource-rich north-west.

Dubbed Terminal WA, and designed in consultation with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, the facility will be built on a single level so that workers can arrive from interstate and head out on regional flights without having to move between floors.

Some 36,000 passengers employed in the resources industry transit through Perth each week. The terminal will initially have parking for 20 aircraft when it opens in early 2012, but will eventually accommodate up to 35 planes.


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.


15 Apr 2011

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Perth is on track to be the nicest looking of all the major Australian airports! Hope that Sydney gets some landmark architectural features when the new strategic plan starts to kick in...

27 Jul 2011

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Any reason why all the planes at the domestic terminal are Virgin?

27 Jul 2011

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(actually all the planes)

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28 May 2011

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The new domestic terminal connected to the international terminal is exclusively for Virgin Australia, with a brand new Lounge etc. Qantas will continue to operate for the foreseeable future out of its current facilities.

23 Aug 2011

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Qantas will stay at its same old terminal, what a pity, with a a dreadful bus trip to the Intl terminal, if you are transiting to or from the East Coast or WA domestic ports, the obvious choice will be Virgin. Once again Borgetti/Virgin seems to be ahead of the pack.

15 Aug 2011

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Tom W wa wa wa boo hoo hoo;-)

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