$60 million project set to boost entire complex
Commencement of work on a wholesale expansion of Darwin Airport’s terminal facilities, scheduled to conclude in mid-2014, began in May. The AUS$60 million project will significantly boost the Northern Territory hub’s passenger capacity, as well as adding to lounge facilities for both Virgin Australia and Qantas.
Virgin in particular has stepped up its levels of service to Darwin in recent months, introducing direct routes to Broome and Kununarra through Skywest, while also launching Sydney-Darwin flights.
Now Virgin’s commitment to Darwin will be complemented by the new and improved baggage handling, security, check-in and international traveler facilities, as well as further retail space. Accounting for over half of the money invested, the revamped terminal building will almost double in size and a larger Qantas Club will be joined by Virgin’s inaugural lounge at Darwin.
Airport CEO Ian Kew made it clear what the project means to the region: “The Northern Territory economy is going from strength to strength, and this is a clear vote of confidence in Darwin’s future.” Tourism Minister Matt Conlan also outlined goals for the future: “The Country Liberals Government is determined to position Darwin as a gateway into Australia, particularly from Asia, and the DIA expansion will help us achieve this vision.”
While Darwin is an international airport, it lost most international flights until recently when Philippine Airlines, AirAsia and Silk Air resumed services. Malaysia Airlines recently announced it will resume – after an 11 year hiatus – non-stop flights between Darwin and Kuala Lumpur this September.
To monitor progress on the improvements, check the airport’s updates on the Darwin Airport website.