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BRAD GEATCHES PERTH AIRPORT CEO
Why do we need to redevelop Perth Airport?
With both domestic and international
passenger numbers doubling over the last
six years – up to three times the growth of
other capital-city airports – transforming our
airport to improve the customer experience
was essential. The unique demands placed on
the airport, particularly with the fly-in fly-out
resource sector demand, have driven the need to
move forward in a timely manner.
What do you think is the most important
aspect of the new design?
Taking into consideration the customer experience
has been the most important aspect in the design
of our new facilities. As CEO, I challenge the
designers to come up with the best designs so that
our customers have the most convenient, seamless
and enjoyable experience possible. For example,
we have strategically placed the new domestic
terminal adjacent to the current international
terminal to ultimately allow passengers to move
effortlessly between regional, domestic and
international services. Another example is the
design of the domestic pier. Given its length, it has
been important to ensure the design maximises
the use of natural light, has expansive views across
the airfield, with well-situated resting places
and an appealing mix of retail and dining options
centrally and conveniently located.
Were there any challenges in creating
the new concept?
There are always challenges when undertaking a
redevelopment of this scale, with such a significant
financial investment. We have worked closely
with our aviation and commercial partners,
governments (Federal, State and local) and the
community to develop these plans, and we will
continue to engage with all our stakeholders to
ensure we will deliver an outstanding airport.
The biggest challenge to date has been timing.
Major infrastructure such as an airport terminal
takes time to design and construct, and the
pressure is on to deliver the new domestic
terminal as quickly as we can to accommodate the
increasing needs of the resource sector.
Sustainability is a key feature of the design
– is this something the aviation industry has
to become more conscious of in general?
Sustainability is a key consideration at
Perth Airport, which is why incorporating
environmentally sustainable design practices
that also enhance the customer experience has
been critical. I am confident that these features
will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, impact
positively on our energy use and minimise
water consumption. I also want our approach to
environmental innovation to be seen by others in
this industry, as we lead the way in green design.
How will an improved airport impact WA?
The airport is important to Western Australia on a
number of levels. From an economic perspective,
the airport provides employment, directly and
indirectly, to more than 23,000 people, and over
the next three years, during phase one of our
redevelopment, this will grow significantly.
With more than 91 per cent of West Australians
choosing to fly to and from the eastern states, we
are connecting families, friends and communities,
as well as providing a critical role in the supply
chain for regional and remote areas of our State.
Our redevelopment plans will not only greatly
improve these services, they will provide greater
convenience for travellers, as we achieve our
vision to have all commercial services operating
from one location, and providing a superior
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