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$15M Whitsunday airport expansion plan to attract international flights

A $15 MILLION expansion to Whitsunday Coast Airport will get under way next month as the Proserpine facility works towards attracting international long-haul flights.

Whitsunday Regional Council has awarded Paynter Dixon Queensland the tender to construct stage one of the terminal expansion project, which is expected to be completed by November 2018.

The concept terminal expansion will include additional toilets and baggage claim area, doubling the size of the departure lounge, additional departure gate, expanded security and screening area, additional airside toilets, 100 new covered car parks, additional food and beverage seating areas and much more.

Whitsunday region mayor Andrew Willcox said the expansion would improve the customer experience of all passengers passing through the airport. 

The concept terminal expansion will include:

  • 100 new covered car parks and covered walkways to the terminal
  • Additional toilets in baggage claim area
  • Provision of additional airside toilets in the expanded departure lounge
  • Doubling the size of the departure lounge to comfortably accommodate people from two simultaneous flights
  • Provision of an additional departure gate.
  • Reconfigured and expanded security screening area to allow for a future double lane of security screening
  • Relocation of secure departure lounge exit with pass back monitoring and alarm directly into baggage claim area to reduce congestion.
  • Additional food and beverage seating areas
  • More than double the size baggage claim and arrivals area and adding a second baggage carousel
  • Relocation of car rental kiosks into a purpose built car rental offices in the carpark immediately opposite the terminal
  • Expansion of the baggage make up to include a makeup loop with two loading positions and bypass lanes to allow for expedient loading of departing aircraft
  • Construction of relocated and expanded airport management offices, including an external emergency operations room.