Canberra Airport has unveiled a stunning design plan for its new international terminal as the airport prepares to welcome its first international flights in September.
Designed by architect Guida Moseley Brown, the airport is investing $18 million on the international fitout.
The new lounge is expected to be completed in 18 weeks, with the airport set to welcome Singapore Airlines as its first international flight on September 21.
Incorporated in the design is a sophisticated, state-of-the-art departure lounge, which will offer plenty of options for passengers looking to kill time before their flight, from a bar, a cafe, phone charging points, and duty free shopping.
Business travellers will be able to make use of the lounge’s separate business and media zones and private meeting rooms, as well as a variety of seating options that range from formal business-oriented spaces to social and private spaces.
The 2,750 sqm space will accommodate up to 600 passengers departing from Canberra Airport on international flights.
“We are on the cusp of global connectivity, with one of the world’s greatest carriers, Singapore Airlines, connecting us with 100 locations in 35 countries around the world,” said Canberra Airport Managing Director Stephen Byron.
“Canberra is truly the airport for the whole of the southern part of NSW, and will become the international airport of choice for a large proportion of people who live immediately south and west of Sydney,” he said.
“It will be easier, more cost-effective and quicker to fly internationally from Canberra.”
My Byron said the design was more akin to the quality and standard expected from airline club lounges than an airport waiting area.
Such facilities are normally reserved for VIP travellers, he said.
“We are doing it for every passenger who travels internationally, in and out of Canberra.
“All our customers will be treated as club lounge members with the best of design, furnishings and amenities in the general public areas.”
Entire region to benefit
The terminal’s departure lounges and aerobridges will be capable of switching from a domestic function to an international gate.
Initially two gates of the existing 14 boarding gates will be dedicated for international flights with provisions for boarding gates to be increased to 20.
Mr Byron said the new international terminal would not only benefit the people of Canberra, but the entire region.
“From as far north as Wollongong to as far south as Albury, people will be able to enjoy the convenience of international flights in Canberra without the need to go through Sydney,” he said.