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The Airport upgrading to do what an Airport is actually supposed to do

By Jonathon Reynolds - 7 December 2007 39

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.

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39 Responses to
The Airport upgrading to do what an Airport is actually supposed to do
Absent Diane 1:14 pm 07 Dec 07

Canberra Intergalactic Spaceport

Danman 12:57 pm 07 Dec 07

UFOs would explain the “International” bit in Canberra International Airport – otherwise it’s a joke to call the airport international.

Canberra Intergalactic Airport ?

Skidbladnir 12:52 pm 07 Dec 07

Albany St, rather.
(Hi guys)

Skidbladnir 12:45 pm 07 Dec 07

They’re in the same building as the spooks of AG’s at Kembla St in Fyshwick.

Gungahlin Al 12:36 pm 07 Dec 07

I thought the CIA was in the basement of the Deakin telephone exchange?

Mælinar 11:46 am 07 Dec 07

I hear its only international because the PM’s whim can take his planes anywhere, although it would be nice to go direct to bali from here (hint hint major airlines wanting to service the CC crowd).

Jonathon Reynolds 11:43 am 07 Dec 07
Crikey 11:33 am 07 Dec 07

Snow and Bryon should be congratulated. It’s about time our airport and surrounds stopped looking like hicksville!

But I don’t know how Jim Murphy is surviving near Brand Depot as I never see any cars in the carpark. It appears to be a bad business option. Personally, I dislike his grog-shop and I hope another grog business opens up at the new brand precinct in East Queanbeyan (Fyshwick).

Mr Evil 11:32 am 07 Dec 07

UFOs would explain the “International” bit in Canberra International Airport – otherwise it’s a joke to call the airport international.

It would be nice to be able to fly across the Tasman to that third world hole NZ direct, rather than have to go through Stdney.

Mælinar 10:05 am 07 Dec 07

The sequence of roundabouts is a land-signal to airborne UFO…

Mr Evil 10:01 am 07 Dec 07

There’s a roundabout outside the airport; am I the only person who thinks that represents something sinister ala Freemasons????

Thumper 9:56 am 07 Dec 07

Maybe Pialligo is just a front for the US CIA?

Jonathon Reynolds 9:55 am 07 Dec 07

Maybe… but the fundamental difference is that one CIA is in Pialligo in the Australian Capital and the other CIA is in Langley in Virginia.

Mr Evil 9:51 am 07 Dec 07

Yeah, about time they spent some money on upgrading the actual terminal, instead of concentrationg on building Snow City!

johnboy 9:45 am 07 Dec 07

You just like writing CIA don’t you?

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