19 FEBRUARY 2018
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From the aircraft to the landside taxi collection point in just 30min must be some kind of record for a major international airport, but that is possible at Perth where they have a fully automated passport control and baggage collection system.
What makes it more outstanding is this is in spite of the work being undertaken to welcome Qantas non-stop flights from London due at the end of next month. Qantas and JetStar have separate domestic departure areas but these are linked, allowing qualifying passengers on the budget airline to avail themselves of the QF Club Lounge.
Arriving in May is Qatar '518-seat Airbus A380 daily, doubling the 262 capacity of the A330-200.
The airport is expecting to invest more than A$2.5bn in new infrastructure over the next ten years.
As airport chief executive Kevin Brown recently told the newspaper West Australian: “Twenty years ago, there were just 70 international flights a week into Perth. Now there are almost 300, and overall passenger numbers have grown from 4.5m to nearly 14m.
"That’s phenomenal growth, but our work is not done because we see a potential for a further 10m passengers over the next 15 years and we need to make sure our facilities are fit for purpose and ahead of the curve and ready for those passengers.”
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