Sydney International Airport is nearing completion of an A$150 million (US$133 million) expansion and refurbishment of Terminal 1 (T1), which services international flights. Already the new passenger processing and security screening areas are in operation as are new waiting areas, restaurants and shops.
This is the first significant upgrade of T1 facilities since the 2000 Olympics.
Other improvements will include a state-of-the-art outbound baggage handling system and early checked baggage storage system, new arrivals level baggage reclaim carousels for increased Airbus A380 capacity and an additional 120m of moving walkways.
Domestic terminal, Terminal 2, has also come in for its own facelift, costing A$20 million (US$17.8 million). It is used by airlines including Virgin Blue, Jetstar, Rex, QantasLink and Aeropelican.
More than 10 million passengers pass through T2 each year, making it the busiest of the three terminals at Sydney Airport.
Airport authorities hope to wrap up the project by middle of this year.
For more, visit www.sydneyairport.com.au
Margie T Logarta