Canberra Airport has unveiled designs for the new international departures lounge and arrivals hall in preparation for the capital’s first international flights this September.
The designs form part of the facility’s $18 million international fit-out, which Canberra Airport Managing Director Stephen Byron said had been 18 years in the making.
“We are on the cusp of global connectivity, with one of the world’s greatest carriers, Singapore Airlines, connecting us with 100 locations in 35 countries around the world,” Mr Byron said.
Designed by Guida Moseley Brown Architects, the new 2,750m2 public departure lounge and 2,400m2 arrival hall will build upon the existing terminal’s main hall, incorporating folding ceiling panels and skylights to create a generous, contemporary and light-filled space.
The departure lounge will feature state-of-the-art business and media lounges, private meeting rooms, an expansive bar and café dining area, and a variety of different seating and meeting options, ranging from formal business oriented spaces to relaxed social and private spaces.
Mr Byron said the design was more akin to the quality and standard expected from airline club lounges that an airport waiting area.
“We are breaking the rules here. All our customers will be treated as club lounge members with the best of design, furnishings and amenities in the general public areas,” he said.
Canberra Airport’s international departures area will also offer new food and beverage facilities as well as duty-free shopping.
“We are working closely with the Australian Border Force towards the implementation of customs, quarantine and immigration facilities,” Mr Byron said.
“We have delivered the best domestic terminal facility in the country, and will deliver the best international terminal to match it.”
The first international flight with Singapore Airlines will arrive in Canberra from Singapore on 21 September at 8.50am and then depart for Wellington at 10.15am.
The new ‘capital express’ route will operate four services a week to both capital cities on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.