Port Macquarie Airport in New South Wales, Australia, has opened the first part of its A$10m (US$7m) expansion project, which includes an expanded departures lounge, new café, passenger screening, updated amenities, a dedicated car rental area, improved flight information displays, and wi-fi throughout.
Speaking to Port Macquarie News, Mayor Peta Pinson said, “To deliver such a wonderful asset to our community is just so thrilling.” Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams added, “It just demonstrates we are a regional city, and with that status, people expect to have first-class facilities from the day they walk off the airplane and that’s what they are going to get here in Port Macquarie.”
The upgrade is funded through a A$5m (US$3.5m) contribution from the state government, A$1.25m (US$870,000) from the federal government and up to A$3.625m (US$2.5m) from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
Work is continuing on stage two to deliver an expanded passenger check-in area and baggage claim carousel. Some temporary arrangements will be in place through to the end of 2019 to allow for stage two to be completed.
Watch a video showcasing the new terminal here.