International arrivals area to welcome first passengers this weekend

If you’re passing through Darwin International Airport (DIA) this weekend, you’ll notice some changes as the Terminal Expansion Project enters its next stage and the new areas at each end prepare to become operational.

The international arrivals area at the western end will welcome its first flight this Sunday morning (14th September). Arriving passengers will make their way along a new entry route. The staged opening of the International end of the terminal will enable work to begin on further retail upgrades.

NT Airports CEO Ian Kew said the bulk of the work would now move into the existing terminal.

“Since the project’s beginning, the majority of work has been contained behind hoardings at each end of the building,” he said. “As these areas near completion, we can begin moving our operations into new spaces, making room for retail upgrade works.

“Arriving international passengers will be the first to see the new spaces to the west, and will pass through a larger Customs line that now features four Smart Gates and five kiosks, doubling the current self-service options.  The new international area will also offer a new dedicated baggage reclaim belt, which is almost triple the size of the previous facility.

“The Terminal Expansion Project has been a large undertaking for DIA, the biggest since the terminal opened in 1991—once each area is fully operational, the terminal will have grown to 27,000 square metres.

“We would like to thank our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress.”

Operations at the eastern end (domestic) should begin towards the beginning of October, including the opening of the new Qantas Club lounge. Work on retail outlets will continue until the end of the year.