Domestic terminal 2 has been under construction for the past 18 months and is the first new terminal to be built at Perth Airport in 26 years.
Tiger Airways will move to the new facility in May 2013, will all domestic airlines expected to relocate to new terminal before the closure of the older facility in 2020.
Perth Airport chief executive Brad Geatches said the terminal would open at about 30 per cent capacity and would cope easily with increased demand if current growth rates continued, including the estimated one million fly-in, fly-out workers expected to pass through the terminal in the first year.
‘The location of terminal 2 next to the current international terminal will immediately improve the travel experience for people in regional Western Australia, as they will now be able to connect through to international services in one convenient location,’ he said.
The new terminal, which was trialled by mock passengers recently, has 16 check-in counters, 14 aircraft gates and three baggage reclaim belts.
Skywest will be the first airline to fly out of the new terminal on Saturday, March 2.