Perth airport opens upgraded international arrivals area

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Perth airport has opened the first phase of an upgrade to the international arrivals area at Terminal 1.

The terminal building has been extended by 60m (200ft), doubling the size of the immigration arrivals hall. New offices for customs and immigration authorities have also been completed.

The airport is now working on expanding the baggage reclaim as well as customs and quarantine areas, which is expected to continue into 2014.

"By the time this A$80 million [$73 million] project is complete in late 2014, and we have finished the A$145 million expansion and upgrade of the international departures experience, we will have doubled the entire the floor space in Terminal 1 and transformed the experience for all passengers," says chief executive Brad Geatches.

The airport is also busy with the construction of a new pier at Terminal 1, which will accommodate Virgin Australia’s domestic services, and introduce two Airbus A380 compatible gates.

In March the airport opened Terminal 2, which houses domestic services by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, Alliance Airlines and Tigerair Australia.