Rave reviews for the airport expansion

johnboy 15 November 2010 19

The ABC is not alone in having a gush over the new “Southern Concourse Terminal” at Canberra Airport.

One certainly hopes they’re able to maintain the opulence.

But does hand made italian leather furniture at the airport decide your travel destinations?

Canberra Airport hopes that class and sophistication will lure more business travellers through the national capital.


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Ian Ian 11:45 am 16 Nov 10

I went to the airport Sunday night to collect a family member. It’s an airport, get over it.

(Full of waiting Comcar drivers – must have been about 30 of them. And that Wyatt Roy the MP – looks about 15!)

My view on airports is that no matter how they dress them up they are still airports. Even the highly regarded ones like Singapore and Incheon. As long as they are clean and comfortable and I’m waiting in them for as short a time as possible, that’s all I want. And free wi-fi.

Rawhide Kid Part3 Rawhide Kid Part3 11:37 am 16 Nov 10

I still cant get over the “INTERNATIONAL” part of Canberra Airport.

JC JC 8:06 am 16 Nov 10

bitterness said :

MJay said :

Well one of the new bridges doesn’t connect properly to the front door of Jet planes. It is too high.

I have seen a photo taken from inside the terminal of a Qantas Jet with the rear stairs being used to let passengers off the plane.

Can anyone confirm this is true of all bridges from the terminal? Or is it just one that hasn’t been built properly.

Virgin Blue do this all the time to speed up the turn around. Never once seen Qantas do it at a port where there is a bridge. Have only seen it at places like Adelaide (old airport) where they have no air bridges. Having said that stairs are normally brought to the rear door at bridge equipped ports to allow the cleaners on board, so maybe this is what you actually saw.

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 10:18 pm 15 Nov 10

Well, they need to make it as comfy as possible for all the people stuck at the airport after their Qantas flight breaks/catches on fire/explodes, I suppose. It’s only polite.

bitterness bitterness 8:30 pm 15 Nov 10

MJay said :

Well one of the new bridges doesn’t connect properly to the front door of Jet planes. It is too high.

I have seen a photo taken from inside the terminal of a Qantas Jet with the rear stairs being used to let passengers off the plane.

Can anyone confirm this is true of all bridges from the terminal? Or is it just one that hasn’t been built properly.

Unsure if this is relevant, but aerobridges are typically moved into place every time an aeroplane parks at the bay. They are adjustable in angle and extension as well as height, to accommodate the various plane types. If it “didn’t connect properly” it might be operator error, or potentially they haven’t put in the keys yet or something.

Punter Punter 7:43 pm 15 Nov 10

I understand there’s still a lot of work to be done until the terminal is complete, which means what is there now will apparently be mirrored to the west of the new building. There is a lot of owrk yet to be done. If all these dramas are there on completion, then I think there’s authority to complain.

JessicaNumber JessicaNumber 7:37 pm 15 Nov 10

Nothing wrong with the Adelaide airport. I could name a grievance with Adelaide but it wouldn’t be the airport.

aronde aronde 7:31 pm 15 Nov 10

Dropped my mum off there today. It had that ‘new airport’ smell and a very loud test of the emergency evacuation signals going on! One quick question – where is the cafe and the newsagency? I either missed seeing them in the check-in area or are they only accessible once you go through security?

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 6:56 pm 15 Nov 10

i flew in from brisbane last night into the new terminal. it seemed a bit flash… although virgin got shafted, they still use the old bit. got to walk through the new bit to the carpark. it was odd though, had to go downstairs to get out of the virgin part of the terminal, and then go up the lift again to the carpark.

hubby commented its like adelaide.

I’ll see what its like flying out again next weekend back to brisbane.

MJay MJay 5:40 pm 15 Nov 10

Well one of the new bridges doesn’t connect properly to the front door of Jet planes. It is too high.

I have seen a photo taken from inside the terminal of a Qantas Jet with the rear stairs being used to let passengers off the plane.

Can anyone confirm this is true of all bridges from the terminal? Or is it just one that hasn’t been built properly.

NickD NickD 3:59 pm 15 Nov 10

I (briefly) went through the new terminal today: it looked cheap and shabby and the temporary taxi arrangements are baffling and almost entirely unsignposted. It might be better once it’s all completed, but I doubt it given the standard of architecture in Snowtown.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:41 pm 15 Nov 10

You can play along here, too, if you like…

http://www.canberraairport.com.au/air_newTerminal/new_terminal.cfm

harvyk1 harvyk1 2:59 pm 15 Nov 10

As one of those business travellers, yes I do want the time I spend in airports to be a minimum, but that said, I also want it to be comfortable whilst I’m there…

Leather lounges do go along way (as I oftan say, I do enough travelling that the novelty has worn off, I want the perks \ extras)… Whilst I don’t think CBR will ever reach the lofty heights they are after, (I doubt we will ever see proper international services beyond a token number) I do have to give the airport credit that they are trying.

On a side note, QANTAS are launching a new “domestic experiences” with their lounges on Thursday. Canberra airport is the first to receive these enhancements because they could start with a big empty room rather than trying to upgrade an existing lounge.

cmdwedge cmdwedge 1:09 pm 15 Nov 10

“One certainly hopes their able to maintain the opulence.”

Ahem.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 1:03 pm 15 Nov 10

Leather furniture. Another classic case of missthepointitis…

Chaz Chaz 1:02 pm 15 Nov 10

clp said :

It would be nice to be able to buy something to eat once you went through security.

agreed.

clp clp 12:51 pm 15 Nov 10

It would be nice to be able to buy something to eat once you went through security.

Anna Key Anna Key 12:38 pm 15 Nov 10

DeadlySchnauzer said :

Business travellers want to spend the minimum time possible in the airport, the minimum time possible waiting for connecting flights, and the minimum possible overall travel time.

The way to attract business travellers is with better/faster connecting flights than sydney/melbourne… not leather furniture.

Surely Qantas will run a business class only Sydney-Brisbane route via Canberra to take advantage of the new furniture

DeadlySchnauzer DeadlySchnauzer 12:07 pm 15 Nov 10

Business travellers want to spend the minimum time possible in the airport, the minimum time possible waiting for connecting flights, and the minimum possible overall travel time.

The way to attract business travellers is with better/faster connecting flights than sydney/melbourne… not leather furniture.

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