Brisbane, Darwin airport expansions given green light

Federal infrastructure minister Anthony Albanese said the multi-million dollar project would stimulate the economy and enable the airport to cope with millions of extra passengers.“The number of domestic passengers transiting through Brisbane Airport is expected to more than double from 14.4 million to 34 million by 2030,” he said.“It is the most significant upgrade to the domestic terminal since it opened in 1988, with work scheduled to start later this year.”He said the project will complement the government’s $42 billion nation building and jobs plan in supporting the nation’s economy during turbulent times.The upgrade includes:A new check-in hall (known as the Pavilion);Reconfiguring the road network for easier access to the terminal;Expanding the northern end of the terminal, with additional gate lounges and retail space;The development of the common-user satellite with up to seven new gates; andA new central energy plant to provide for present and future energy needs of the terminal.Meanwhile, Darwin Airport will also have a $60 million makeover, with improved security screening, and inbound international processing on the ground floor.On the first floor, domestic and international departure and retail outlets will be developed, with airline lounges to be constructed on the second floor.Darwin Airport is estimated to host four million passengers annually by 2030, more than double the current number.

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