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Perth Airport Launches Three Key Projects for Growth

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As regional passenger numbers rise, Perth Airport has begun working on three key projects in the Airport Central precinct to support Western Australia’s regional aviation sector.

As regional passenger numbers rise, Perth Airport has begun working on three key projects in the Airport Central precinct to support Western Australia's regional aviation sector.

Nearly 550,000 intrastate travelers flew through Perth in August. This set a new record for the most regional passengers of any month.

Responding to this rise in passenger traffic, Perth Airport plans to:

  • Expand the Terminal 2 apron.
  • Build a new maintenance hangar for VARA—Virgin Australia Group’s regional and charter flying operation.
  • Develop a new Aviation Support Precinct.

Perth has contracted local construction partners West Coast Civil and Perkins Builders to work on these projects.

Government Support for Growth

“Our government is committed to increasing the capacity of regional aviation, and it’s fantastic to see Perth Airport also making investments that will support improved aviation in our regions,” said Deputy Premier Hon. Rita Saffioti, MLA. “The Regional Zone Cape Scheme makes flying cheaper and more sustainable for regional communities, with more than 150,000 capped airfares flown in the first 12 months. Support for the inter-regional flight network has seen the establishment of the new regional airline Nexus Airlines.”

Ensuring Efficient Operations

Acting CEO of Perth Airport, Kate Holsgrove, said, “Perth Airport’s continuous and efficient operations are crucial for the viability of the $83 billion WA resource sector. Following the last resources boom, the opening of Terminal 2 (T2) in 2013 significantly impacted how efficiently the airport operated, creating more capacity and greatly improved customer experience.”

  • Since opening a decade ago, Perth Airport’s T2 has seen a 54% increase in passenger numbers.
  • The airport’s apron is now at capacity, with 38 aircraft parking on taxiways overnight.
  • 18 of these aircraft are parked overnight in remote positions used by airlines from T2 and T1D.
  • The airport will deliver six remote parking positions by early next year, with plans to deliver an additional 11 parking positions.
  • 55 parking positions added to T2 in the future will increase capacity by 45%

Supporting Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA)

“The expansion of the apron provides operational flexibility for our airline partners within the Aiport Central precinct and allows them to grow their business,” Holsgrove explained. “We are also pleased to partner with VARA to support their growth in Western Australia and assist with their future requirements.”

The new maintenance hangar and apron facility for VARA is slated for completion by September 2024.

VARA Executive General Manager Nathan Miller said, “The new maintenance facility will support the ongoing delivery of our fleet renewal program with the capacity to service our new larger, fuel-efficient 737-700 aircraft. It will also deliver greater operational efficiency, enabling us to consolidate our maintenance, engineering, and storage to one central base.”

Recent investments have bolstered the airline’s operations and infrastructure in Western Australia. These include a new local training base and a new corporate headquarters in Perth CBD.

Construction Teams Ready

“We are delighted to work with Perth Airport on a project that will cater for future growth in the Aiport Central Precinct by delivering an expanded apron and also an area that will provide aviation support businesses to grow,” said West Coast Civil Construction Manager James Webb.

Perkins Builders will construct the new Code C hangar with workshop, warehouse, and office space with additional apron space supporting VARA’s needs. The company’s Managing Director, Dan Perkins, said, “Perkins has worked alongside Perth Airport on many important projects that have helped support aviation in Western Australia.”

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