Now underway and perhaps one of the most exciting features to Canberra Airport’s ‘AirVolution’ is the new international terminal.
International facilities will include customs, immigration and quarantine facilities, not to mention dedicated transit lounges, baggage screening, processing and collecting points, money exchanges and duty free retail.
In a clever and flexible design move, 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. There is provisions for boarding gates to be increased to 20.
In 2006 the main runway of the airport was strengthened and lengthened by 600 metres to the south at a cost of more than $50 million. The improvements now mean that the airport can accommodate most aircraft … even the giant of the skies, the Airbus 380.
Anyone living in the Canberra Airport catchment—from as far north as Wollongong to as far south as Albury—will soon be able to enjoy the convenience of international flights without needing to go through Sydney.