A detailed concept15MB pdf(PDF, 15MB) for a $9.875 million upgrade to the the Port Macquarie Airport Terminal Building has been developed and is being funded through a $5 million contribution from the NSW Government under the Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund and $1.25 million from the Australian Government through the Community Development Grants Programme. Council will contribute up to $3.625 million to the project.
An artist's impression of what the final terminal building will look like can be viewed by clicking the video on your right.
The current terminal building was constructed in 1994, and the upgrade is required to cater for increased passenger numbers, to improve the standard of current facilities, and provide an improved airport experience that is consistent with other regional airports.
What will be upgraded?
The upgrade will double the existing floor space, increase service capability and provide a more contemporary, comfortable and efficient facility for passengers and other airport visitors.
New amenities have been provided and there will be significant changes to enable ‘back of house’ operations to function more efficiently. Additional elements include new air conditioning, baggage reclaim services, upgrades to flight check-in and departure areas and retail facilities. The electrical supply has also been upgraded and a new reticulated sewer system installed.
The existing airport building operates at capacity during peak periods, with the current departure lounge being added as a temporary facility in 2008 and only accommodating a maximum of 100 people. With the upgrade this capacity will increase to approximately 300 people, and the expanded building provides the opportunity for further development under the new roof area should this be required in the future.
The first stage of the new building was opened on Wednesday 26 June 2019.
Some improvements the Stage 1 terminal handover includes are:
- A fully air-conditioned space
- Almost twice the seating available to the departures lounge in comparison to the existing lounge
- Wireless internet availability
- Hearing loop availability
- Additional ablution facilities
- A café space with full commercial cooking facilities
- New flight information display systems and televisions
- Improved security monitoring, including the provision of pass back doors.
The new passenger arrivals space has dual use acting as both a temporary check in location and baggage reclaim area until the completion of the Stage 2 at the end of October 2019. The occupation of these new areas has allowed Council’s builder to move into the existing check in area and departures lounge and completion of the balance of upgrade works is planned prior to the end of 2019.
Upon completion of the entire project, passengers can also expect:
- A new check in area with provision for 9 desks
- A baggage reclaim carousel
- A total floor area of twice that of the existing airport terminal catering for additional future passenger movements.
With the opening of the new terminal, passengers can expect an improved airport experience.
How will the upgrade impact the surrounding environment?
It is our goal to implement a strategic and sustainable approach to the management and offsetting of environmental impacts associated with the long term operation and future development of essential infrastructure related to the Airport.
Biodiversity Certification approval has been received for land in and around the Airport, to ensure the local environment is protected. This ensures the land is managed in a sustainable way, and aims to avoid or minimise the impacts on the local vegetation, threatened species and their habitats through offsetting the impact of any land that is cleared.
490 hectares of the land in the vicinity of the Airport is set aside for permanent conservation protection, which is four times the area of vegetation that may be impacted by proposed future development.
Work has commenced to upgrade that Port Macquarie Airport Terminal and is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
Construction of the expanded terminal building will occur in two phases to ensure an efficient building program, and to minimise disruption to passengers. There will however be some noticeable changes during construction and all airport patrons are asked to be aware of these and to follow directional signage.
This page was last updated on: 02 October 2019