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Gold Coast Airport redevelopment to begin

Construction on the redevelopment of Gold Coast Airport designed by Cox Architecture is set to begin after the Australian federal government approved the project last month.

The then-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss gave the green light to double the size of the airport terminal.

The expansion of the Gold Coast Airport, dubbed Project LIFT (Let’s Invest for Tomorrow), will cater for an influx of travellers during the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as the future growth of the region.

“Recent investigations have found the capacity of aircraft parking stands is currently exceeded at peak times,” David Collins, Gold Coast Airport’s chief operating officer told the Gold Coast Bulletin in July 2015.

Stage one of the redevelopment will include a new three-level extension to the southern end of the terminal and three new wide-bodied aircraft stands with two new aerobridges. The initial stage is due for completion by the end of 2017.

The redevelopment will also include retail shops and cafes inside the terminal building as well as a consolidated ground transport facility that brings together a taxi staging area, covered boarding facilities for coaches, minibuses and limousines as well as covered pedestrian walkways.

The remaining stages, which include an additional two aircraft stands and two aerobridges, will be completed between 2018 and 2020.

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