Gold Coast Airport

The Gold Coast, on Australia’s central east coast, is known for long sandy beaches, theme parks and an iconic lifestyle that makes it Australia’s premier tourist destination. So it’s not surprising that its airport is at capacity.

With passenger numbers expected to increase from 6.6 million to 16.6 million annually by 2037, the airport needs to be bigger, better and more efficient. 

This future passenger growth is at the heart of our design for Project LIFT, a $370 million airport expansion project. A new and improved three-level terminal will include sustainability initiatives, new aerobridges, and a swing gate system for better international and domestic flexibility.

As a first impression, the new three-level terminal will showcase the best of the Gold Coast. People can meet, dine and relax at the premium retail and dining facilities and new departure lounges – plus a VIP Room. 

The less exciting parts of travel will also be enhanced. A new Boarding Zone with queueing space, airline boarding desks and seating means a faster, simpler start to outbound journeys. And for those arriving, it’s an efficient journey through passport control, baggage handling to carparks or public transport – and on to the beach in no time. 

Client

Gold Coast Airport

Location

Gold Coast, Australia

Status

In progress

Year

2020

Scale

30,000 sqm

Design team

Mark Wolfe, Kevin Lloyd, Adriano Denni, Allison Hortz, Chris O'Brien, Hanqin Zheng, John Irvine, Jason Cuffe, Peter Hastings, Brent Staiger, Tanya Walsh, Ella Marmion

2x the footprint of the existing terminal
$500M AUD investment, including the expansion and the Rydges-branded airport hotel
>10m annual passenger number to increase from 6.6m to 16.6m by 2037

The forecasts for passenger growth at Gold Coast Airport are exciting. With almost seven million passengers expected next year, the airport and the region will benefit from this development for years to come.”

Michael McCormack Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

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