Canberra Airport’s goal is a simple but ambitious one – to be the best small airport in the world.
With a stunning, modern terminal, thriving business precincts and daily international flights, Canberra’s world-class airport is well on the way to achieving this goal.
Canberra Airport is managed by Capital Airport Group Pty. Ltd (CAG), which purchased the Airport from the Commonwealth Government in May 1998.
Formed initially by Canberra businessman Terry Snow and his son, Stephen Byron, the Capital Airport Group’s background was in the development of quality commercial properties in Canberra and Sydney.
From a small airport surrounded by sheep paddocks, CAG has transformed Canberra Airport to a thriving precinct. Today it comprises of the terminal, Fairbairn RAAF base, Brindabella Business Park and Majura Park, which includes Majura Park Shopping Centre, home to Australia’s largest Woolworths and Canberra’s only Costco.
CAG is also responsible for Canberra’s most remarkable new suburb – Denman Prospect and Constitution Place, a $300 million development in the heart of Canberra City.
Canberra Airport boasts several award winning buildings including the Vibe Hotel, 14 & 16 Brindabella Cct and, of course, the stunning airport terminal.
CAG is strongly committed to design and public art, with sculptures and works of art dotted throughout airport terminal, neighbouring business precincts and Denman Prospect. These range from large installations by world-renowned artists such as Andrew Rogers, Phil Price and Virginia King through to a delightful collection of aluminium planes made by local school children.
The Airport Precincts
Since privatisation Canberra Airport precinct now comprises the airport terminal and Fairbairn RAAF base, as well as Brindabella Business Park, Majura Park, Fairbairn and Pialligo Precinct, all of which have undergone extensive development.
With an investment of $420 million the all-new Canberra Airport terminal opened on 13 March, 2013.
The new terminal covers more than 55,000m2 and includes:
- 3300 car parking spaces
- 10 passenger aerobridges
- 34 check-in counters
- 6 baggage carousels
- taxi rank with indoor passenger waiting area
- a number of food, beverage and retail offerings
- environmental initiatives that put it on track to become the “greenest” airport in the country.
Brindabella Business Park
Considered to be one of Australia’s most environmentally sustainable business centres, Brindabella Business Park is made up of 18 world-class commercial buildings totalling 100,000m2 NLA, which houses approximately 5,000 workers within them. The business park also consists of a childcare facility, service station, gymnasium, numerous cafe and restaurants as well as sporting fields; all of which make it an ideal business environment.
As Canberra Airport’s newest precinct, Majura Park distinguishes itself from the other precincts in its diverse range of offerings to the Canberra region. Situated northwest of the airport, Majura Park offers around 26,000m2 NLA of commercial office accommodation as well as 44,500m2 NLA of retail floor area. In addition to Costco Wholesale, the Majura Park Shopping Centre houses Australia’s largest Woolworths and Big W concept store. Close by is Masters Hardware. Majura Park also features a 25m lap pool, swim school and gymnasium and a purpose-designed medical centre.
Fairbairn is the Canberra Airport’s largest commercial precinct, steeped in tradition as a former RAAF base, essentially forming the second stage of the Airport’s business hub, and currently accommodating around 2,000 workers.