Perfectly timed for the Centenary Year, Stage Two of ‘The all new Canberra Airport’ was unveiled on 13 March, 2013 as part of the birthday celebrations.
With an investment of $420 million, the innovative and striking design of the new terminal reflects the modern city of Canberra, the Nation’s Capital.
The transformation of the terminal started in 2009 which has resulted in a state-of-the-art new Airport Terminal including new aircraft apron, multi-level car parks, an indoor taxi rank and a two level dual lane axial roadway.
The terminal boasts glass walls, more than 700 windows and colour-coded navigational aids to guide travellers through arrivals and departures.
The building’s two wings, the Southern Concourse and Western Concourse Terminals is separated by The Atrium, the centrepiece of the terminal. It is a three-storey glass facade that will give passengers a unique view of the runway as well as the beautiful landscaped gardens on the front side of the terminal.
Unlike other airports, where you see check-in counters as you enter, passengers at Canberra Airport will be welcomed by views of the waiting aircraft.
To handle the passenger growth, there check-in counters have been increased from 16 to 44 with additional passenger screening areas and four new baggage carousels.
Clear lines of sight won’t end at the terminal building as 10 new air-conditioned passenger boarding bridges sport floor-to-ceiling glass that allows passengers to look out on the dynamic busyness of the airfield.
Seating at departure lounges have been custom-made using Italian leather and other locally-sourced materials.
Airline club and business lounges offer impressive views over the airfield along with state-of-the-art technology and comforts.
The taxi rank at the airport will feature an indoor waiting area with televisions so passengers can wait for their transport in comfort.
The vision to elevate the Airport and provide a stimulating point of difference for people has led to the commisioning of a range of works including Perception and Realityin bronze by Australia’s internationally renowned sculptor Andrew Rogers; three water installations by Waterform international; and a view of aviation through the eyes of children thanks to 40 mounted aluminium foil aeroplanes by pre-schoolers from the nearby Brindabella Business Park School for Early Learning. The most recent addition to our collection ‘ Unfurling’ by Andrew Rogers graces the ‘Atrium’.