Situated at the western end of Terminal 1 (T1), Australia’s newest domestic terminal will become home to Virgin Australia from Sunday 22 November 2015.
For the first time, customers will be able to transfer seamlessly between regional, interstate and international services in one convenient location.
Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer Brad Geatches and Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti today toured the new T1 Domestic Terminal, including the Virgin Australia Lounge, departures and arrivals areas, food and beverage hub, and were guided through Virgin Australia’s new check-in experience.
Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer, Brad Geatches said the T1 Domestic Terminal is a world-class facility and the most significant project in Perth Airport’s current $1 billion redevelopment.
“We are very pleased with the quality of the new T1 Domestic Terminal. It was the most complex component of our redevelopment program, and we are delighted to welcome Virgin Australia to their new home,” said Mr Geatches.
“The new Terminal is a world-class facility, offering customers a high level of service including a range of quality food, beverage and retail outlets, and a premium lounge for Virgin Australia guests.”
The spectacular new terminal was built especially for Virgin Australia and designed by Australian-based international architectural practice, Woods Bagot.
Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer, John Borghetti said the new terminal will deliver an outstanding travel experience and is the centrepiece of Virgin Australia’s commitment to Western Australia.
“Perth is a city on the move, and we are pleased to be launching Virgin Australia’s new world-class Domestic Terminal on 22 November,” Mr Borghetti said.
“Perth is now home to our flagship check-in experience and we have doubled the size of the Virgin Australia Perth Lounge.
“The new Virgin Australia T1 Domestic Terminal will see regional, domestic and international flights located together in one precinct, enabling us to offer customers one of the fastest connection times in Australia.
“Our new check-in service will enable us to tailor the experience to the needs of different customers, combining cutting-edge technology with the personalised customer service for which Virgin Australia is renowned.
“The new Virgin Australia Perth Lounge features our signature Wine and Espresso Bar, together with an outstanding view of the Perth CBD over the tarmac and a range of delicious food.
“Together with our new Business Class suites on our Airbus A330 aircraft, I believe our ground experience will ensure that Virgin Australia becomes the number one choice for travellers on trans-continental routes,” Mr Borghetti said.
Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett commended Perth Airport on its investment decision, saying it coincided with the Federal and State Government’s $1 billion expenditure on Gateway WA, the road network leading into the airport.
“Perth Airport is an important gateway to our city and our State and this new terminal represents an exciting milestone in the transformation of the precinct,” said Mr Barnett.
“Tourism is an $8.7 billion industry for Western Australia and in 2014-15 Perth Airport’s total passenger numbers, including international and domestic, reached almost 14 million.
“We want visitors’ first impressions to be positive and lead to return visitation and endorsement, so a combination of better access to airport facilities and the delivery of services people want and need is key.
“There is no doubt this additional infrastructure will be needed for business and leisure travel now and into the future as the State’s tourism value and business attraction grows,” he said.
Features of Virgin Australia’s new T1 Domestic Terminal include:
- 28 domestic check-in kiosks and 14 hybrid self-service bag drop desks incorporating a new fast-track check-in system;
- a total of 12 aerobridge serviced departure gates including three A330 capable aircraft gates;
- a central retail and dining area offering passengers an extensive range of dining and shopping options;
- the new Virgin Australia Lounge, featuring a stylish Wine and Espresso Bar, spectacular views of the Perth CBD over the tarmac and a range of delicious food from the Lounge menu; and
- shorter transfer times to both regional WA and international flights.
The new Domestic Terminal also includes innovative sustainable design features to reduce energy consumption, particularly the use of natural light and a façade providing shade during the summer months.
“We are confident that the Virgin Domestic Terminal will more than meet the expectations of customers, now and in the future. We deliberately put the customer at the forefront of design considerations and, from the feedback we have received so far, that has certainly paid off,” Mr Geatches said.