For once there is some positive news of upgrades at Canberra (International) Airport, that I actually don’t have any philosophical objection to, that is an upgrade more akin to the core business that airports really should be really be engaging in – i.e. moving passengers.
ABC Online is reporting here that the CIA is proposing major upgrades to the terminal building and surrounding infrastructure.
However with a little digging on the CIA website we can find the actual press release.
The key features of the new upgrade are:
* a doubling of check-in counters from 16 to 32;
* the installation of two new aerobridges, taking the total to six;
* a trebling of the baggage belt capacity;
* an additional 1300 car parking spaces taking the total number of spaces to 2500; and
* a quadrupling of Club lounge capacity to more than 6000m2.
I haven’t been able to locate any detailed plans of the proposed upgrades, but I guess it is safe to assume that it will look pretty much like any other airport terminal from the inside.
UPDATE: Skidbladnir has also sent in their thoughts:
ABC Online is reporting that the Canberra International Airport (aka Snowtown) is looking to spend $250 million on an upgrade to finally live up to its name.
I have no other contrary articles, but apparently a new Internation Airport will produce 75% less greenhouse gases than it does currently as a domestic airport. Either its woefully inefficient now, or he’s juggling statistics, or both.
He does also pass comment that taxis and accomodation are going to become rarer, so expect further price rises as demand outstrips supply.