THE Perth Airport has opened its new departures lounge area as part of the $145 million expansion and refurbishment of the T1 International departures area.
Chief executive Brad Geatches said there had been consistent international passenger growth in recent years with 4.2 million passengers travelling through T1 last financial year, with this number forecast to increase to 5.1 million by 2019.
“The continuing demand for international air services meant we had to expand and improve the international departures experience to meet current and forecast demand,” he said
“We recognised that significant investment was needed to bring this terminal up to an acceptable standard, and we are well advanced with a diverse program that sees a total of $325 million being invested across the terminal.”
The lounge has the capacity to accommodate passengers departing on two A380 aircraft at the same time, with 538 seats that allow passengers to charge their electrical appliances prior to their flight and 184 lounge chairs.
As well as a new lounge, a new airline will land at Perth Airport from next month.
Malindo Air will land at Perth as part of its inaugural Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Perth service.
It will initially operate a daily service between Perth and KL, increasing to 11 times per week from December 3.
“We are delighted to welcome the first Malindo Air service to Australia,” Mr Geatches said.
“Last year, more than 300,000 passengers travelled between Perth and Malaysia, and it remains our fifth largest international market.
Malindo Air chief executive Chandran Rama Muthy said the new route marks the growth of the airline simultaneously with the growth of its fleet this year.