ADELAIDE Airport will embark on a $165 million expansion of its main terminal, upgrading its international arrival and departure areas and expanding its retail and dining space.
Work is expected to begin within two weeks after the appointment of Watpac as project builder, with completion expected in 2021.
The expansion of areas for international travellers is a key focus, with larger spaces for immigration processing, expanded security screening, extended luggage belts and a larger duty free precinct.
Retail spaces and dining areas will be increased by over 80%.
Virgin Australia’s lounge will be relocated as part of the works, while a new common user premium international lounge will be added.
There will also be new VIP facilities for international guests.
The airport’s md Mark Young said the project was in response to “extraordinary growth”.
“Since we opened the existing terminal in 2005, our overall passenger numbers have increased by close to 50%,” he said.
“Our international passenger numbers alone have almost tripled over the same period”.