July 2015

Gold Coast Airport’s $200 million redevelopment plans

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The Gold Coast is undergoing an exciting period of transformation ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Major preparations are underway across the city with close to $13 billion invested in public infrastructure.


The Gold Coast Airport is on a similar trajectory and has announced plans for a $200 million redevelopment that will overhaul the airport ahead of GC2018 and meet forecast demand to 2023.

Stage one of construction is due to commence in early 2016 and include an initial three new widebodied aircraft stands and a three-level terminal development, with provision for up to two aerobridges associated with the new infrastructure. This stage of the proposed redevelopment will be completed in late 2017 prior to GC2018, when more than 126,000 visitors, athletes, officials, and media are expected to descend on the Gold Coast.

Subsequent stages of the project are scheduled to be completed in late 2018 and late 2020 and include further enhancements to the existing terminal building and an additional two widebodied aircraft parking stands, with provision for additional aerobridges as required.

The award winning Gold Coast Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the country. Chief Operating Officer, David Collins said that the airport services more than 350 flights per week amounting to 5.8 million passengers per annum, with leisure based travellers accounting for an estimated 75 per cent of all traffic.

“In recent years, Gold Coast Airport has experienced high rates of growth due to an increase in low cost and full service carrier airlines, both domestically and internationally. The airport currently services international markets in East and South East Asia and the Pacific,” Collins said.

“This redevelopment will ensure more efficient use of terminal space and offer increased capacity, meaning service for travellers is faster and more efficient, with broader retail choice.

“Recent investigations have found the capacity of aircraft parking stands is currently exceeded at peak times, and if no action is taken could significantly impact the airport’s ability to service future domestic and international passenger demand,” he said.

Preliminary concepts include architectural and design features that capture the essence of the Gold Coast and create a memorable passenger experience – a crucial element for a city that attracts close to 12 million visitors per annum.

The redevelopment represents a significant investment for Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) and comes on top of the $200 million QAL has invested in the airport over the last decade.

“This significant investment demonstrates our confidence in the Gold Coast and its ongoing role as a major contributor to the Queensland and New South Wales economies,” QAL Managing Director, Dennis Chant said.

“The project will allow us to meet forecast demand for the next eight years while also creating additional employment, generating further economic activities, and providing capacity for future growth,” he said.

 Source from: website news