Brisbane Airport has begun work on a new 9,260 sqm retail centre, Skygate Home and Life, which it expects to open in September next year.

The shopping complex will be located next to the airport’s existing DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) retail offering – which can be accessed using a free shuttle bus from the international and domestic terminals at the airport. BNE Property, the airport’s property division that is developing the new centre, recently completed a $35 million (US$26 million) renovation of its entire Skygate development, including an expansion of the DFO to include more stores, F&B offerings, and improved pedestrian access.

Tenants are yet to be fully confirmed, however the airport has said its has received pre-commitments from interior and furniture companies Nick Scali, Pillow Talk, James Lane and Lighting Illusions.

“We are very pleased to welcome such high-quality, renowned brands to the Brisbane Airport community,” said John Tormey, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) general manager of commercial business.

“The precinct continues to gain momentum as a vibrant commercial and lifestyle destination, with a growing number of businesses choosing to base their operations out of the airport precinct due to its excellent amenity and connectivity. Skygate Home and Life will further strengthen this amenity for residents, visitors and workers.”

Brisbane Airport joins a litany of airports across Asia-Pacific that are enhancing their retail offerings with on-site shopping complexes. Singapore’s Changi Airport will complete its 134,000 sqm Jewel complex in early 201, while Hong Kong International Airport aims to complete the first phase of its 668,000 sqm Skycity retail development in 2020.