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Too little, too late for Perth Airport’s lacklustre redevelopment?

This article is a supplement to last month’s Perth Airport, best in airport design? Unlikely. Perth Airport’s $750 million redevelopment is resonating well with a public that laments current facilities, but will the terminal redevelopment actually provide ample space to handle growth? Westralia Airports Corporation (WAC) Perth Airport’s is known for underestimating traffic forecasts. Master […]

Overview of T1 redevelopment. International terminal left, domestic pier centre, terminal WA right. Image: Perth Airport

Perth Airport, best in airport design? Unlikely.

Part 1

Who remembers the glamour era of air travel when travel was fabulous and happened on a 747 or Concorde? People living, visiting and doing business in Perth are reminded everyday as they travel through Perth Airport’s International Terminal, circa 1984.

Undertaking its first substantial redevelopment since 1984, the Airport has now made available artists’ impressions, of the expected interior of the completed international terminal and Virgin Australia’s new domestic pier at the airport. Some analysts have even labelled the redevelopment as providing Western Australia with the ‘best in airport design’.

Original plans promised a “world-class” 3 pier, 40-gate redevelopment that would be “one of the best in Asia” akin to Hong Kong or Seoul’s Incheon. These were subsequently reduced to:

  • a new domestic pier;
  • the construction of Terminal WA for intrastate services;
  • one upgraded and one new international gate;
  • expanded international customs and security facilities;

All built to unexceptional IATA service C standard as extensions to the substandard circa 1984 terminal. Best in Airport design indeed.

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Why defining secondary airports is so difficult.

As I developed and defined my research question and proposal for my thesis, I found myself increasingly flummoxed in trying to define what determines an airport to be secondary. A substantial part of this problem lies in the fact that there is currently no formal definition of a secondary airport. Generally speaking, a secondary airport […]

Brand spaces in Airports: IKEA’s Paris CDG summer lounge

Airports seem a logical location for Brand Spaces – large volumes of tired, stressed passengers confined in controlled area looking for something to do, presents easy revenue opportunities for airport operators. Breakdown of non-aeronautical revenue sources in airports. In Australia airports rely heavily on parking, which accounts for up to 20 per cent of all […]

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