Perth airport to begin terminal expansion in February

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Perth airport will commence the construction of a new domestic pier and expansion of its international departures area in February, with plans for completion in mid-2014.

The new domestic pier, which will largely accommodate Virgin Australia, is being built adjacent to the existing Terminal 1 and will feature seven gates, including three gates with dual aerobridges to accommodate Airbus A330s, says the airport.

The pier will feature two international gates capable of accepting A380s, with the first of those gates to be available within 12 months.

The associated domestic terminal will feature 22 domestic check-in counters, while Terminal 1 will be expanded with an additional 18 international check-counters.

Overall, the project is valued at A$330 million ($346 million), says the airport.

"The completion of this project in mid-2014 will see the first phase of our redevelopment completed and enable the airport to deliver high standards of customer service across all our facilities," says chief executive Brad Geatches.

Perth airport adds that it will soon open the new Terminal 2, which has been designed for regional carriers. The terminal's tenants will include Skywest, Alliance Airlines and Tiger Airways Australia.