Adelaide expansion stage 1 opens

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The first stage of the expanded Adelaide Airport terminal has opened to customers, with six retailers opening new stores.

Penfolds Wine Bar and Kitchen, Boost Juice, Lego Kaboom, Airport Pharmacy, Soul Origin and Precinct Adelaide Kitchen have all begun trading opposite gates 15-16. Penfolds and Maggie Beer are among the iconic home-grown Australian brands and identities that will be part of the terminal’s new retail and dining offering, with the Penfolds in-airport concept the first of its kind globally. The airport will also welcome popular local food brands Poh Ling Yeow and Callum Hann.

The newly constructed retail concourse is part of Adelaide Airport’s first major expansion works since the current terminal opened in 2005. The terminal expansion will see a complete refurbishment of retail areas, resulting in a more than 80% increase in the overall size of the terminal’s retail and dining precinct across domestic and international areas.

International upgrades will include a second, longer baggage belt for arrivals, more space for emigration and immigration processing, expanded security screening, a larger duty-free precinct for arrivals and departures, and expanded dining and retail options. Virgin Australia will open an expanded lounge in April, vacating its current lounge at the end of February to facilitate construction works. The airline has set up a temporary Summer Pop Up lounge in the new retail precinct.

“We think brands like Penfolds and later Maggie Beer will make Adelaide Airport a destination both for travelers and for South Australians looking for a unique dining and food experience,” said Adelaide Airport managing director Mark Young. “The presence of iconic South Australian brands will deliver a real sense of place.”

In addition to the new retail areas, the offices of airlines and other Aviation House tenants have also relocated to new office space on Level 1 of the terminal. In March 2020 Adelaide Airport will commence demolition of Aviation House, which is adjacent to the current arrivals and departures halls, ahead of the next phase of construction.


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Tara has worked for UKi Media & Events since 2013, initially as a freelancer. She has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a range of publications, including Personnel Today, Management Today and The Grocer.

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