Terminal expansion 12 month recap - Building_Our_Future



Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion has been a work in progress for 12 months and the finished product is set to be unveiled to our passengers this month. As the project comes to an end, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to recount some of the highlights and milestones of the project so far.

June 2014

During a visit to our region, the then-Minister for Planning and Environment, Pru Goward, formally announced Hansen Yuncken as the successful tenderer for build of the project. 

Left to right: Adam Towner from Hansen Yuncken, Minister Pru Goward, and Newcastle Airport’s then-CEO Paul Hughes.

July 2014

Passengers began to notice visible signs that the expansion was underway; a portion of the covered walkway was removed, the footpath at the front of Arrivals was widened, and hoarding was craned into place.

A portion of the airside covered walkway was also removed, and works began on the demolition of the exterior of the old Arrivals 2 entry gate, ramp, rails, and covered walkway.

August 2014

A new fence was erected to the east of the existing terminal building to enclose what is termed a ‘Special Event Zone’. This let the construction site operate without the restrictions it would have been under if it remained an ‘airside’ zone.

The demolition works at Arrivals 2 entry gate were completed, and light poles along the fence line were removed.

Construction works began with the footings of the terminal. The footings are unique in that they sit on top of the current apron (tarmac) rather than being cut into the ground. 

August 2014 was the wettest August we’d experienced in 16 years; the constant downpours caused minor delays to construction, but the contractors managed to pour the concrete for the footings and columns as per schedule. The timelapse below gives a birds-eye-view of this activity:

September 2014

The first week of September was almost as wet as the month before, but the builders were able to work between downpours to keep the terminal expansion project on track. Can you believe the photos below were taken on the same day?

Once the footings, columns, and walls were completed, a concrete slab was poured for the roof slab of the extension. The concrete slab is a future-proofing exercise that allows the Airport to build a second storey on top of the extension in the future. The roof slab also minimised any potential/further impacts of Mother Nature on the project as all future work would be completed ‘indoors’.

October 2014

Workers started at 5.30am on 1 October 2014 in preparation for 100 concrete trucks to unload more than 700 cubic metres of concrete.

With the roof slab poured and set, preparation work started on the ground floor slab within the extension.

November 2014

In November pre-cast concrete panels were craned into place form the external walls.

The concrete slab for the floor was poured at the start of November which allowed contractors to begin building the internal walls, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical services. The photo below was the first glimpse the public had of the new Arrivals entryway:

By mid-November the terminal was beginning to look just like the architectural drawings as contractors installed concrete cladding on the exterior walls.

December 2014

Activity ramped up to achieve as much as possible before the Christmas shutdown. Works included:
  • Painting the external wall cladding

  •  Installing the structural steel for new covered walkway (airside and landside)

January 2015

The contractors were back to work in early-January. Works focussed on completing the plasterboard walls within the terminal and asphalting the baggage break-down area (where luggage is delivered from the aircraft to the baggage carousels) outside the terminal. 

Other works completed in January included the installation of lighting throughout the extension, tiling of new bathrooms and amenities, and completion of external covered walkways.

February 2015

The start of February saw the relocation of the baggage carousels, one at a time, to the new arrivals hall which was officially opened on 24 February 2015.

The opening of the new arrivals halls marked the completion of Stage 1 and was recognised with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by the then-Minister for Planning and Environment and Minister for Women, Pru Goward.

March 2015

Stage 2 of the redevelopment was in full swing by early March with hoarding installed to barricade off the demolition of the old arrivals hall, Sportsbar, and Hungry Jacks.

The hoarding split the terminal in two (arrivals and departures) with passengers no able to longer transit between the two sections.

The car park payment machines, rental cars, Transport and Information desk were relocated to the new arrivals hall.

April 2015

In April contractors finished painting the front façade of the terminal, allowing for the covered walkway at the front of the terminal to be installed. A second covered walkway airside (where the aircraft are) was also almost fully complete by this stage.

Behind the hoarding, works focussed on the demolition of the old Sports Bar and information desk (image below).

The end of April saw our region ravaged by wild weather with a ferocious storm lasting days. Surrounded by overflowing ponds, branches, and trunks of fallen trees, we were fortunate to emerge almost unscathed.

In the shelter of the old arrivals hall, works were able to continue. The floor tiles were laid, giving a real sense of the space to the area that has become part of the new departures lounge. 

May 2015

News Travels, Newcastle Airport’s brand new newsagent and specialty gift store, opened its doors to travellers on Saturday 16 May.

June 2015

In June three of six new food and beverage outlets were opened. Epicure Kitchen and Red Rooster, located opposite NewsTravels, and Cibo Café in the new arrivals hall.

Cibo Café

Red Rooster and Epicure Kitchen

Security screening point relocation

On the night of Wednesday 17 June the Newcastle Airport security and operations teams worked with our building contractors to move the walk-through metal detectors and x-ray machines from their old home, to their new home adjacent to the check-in counters.

July 2015

In July we announced that the terminal expansion will be complete and open to the public in August 2015.

Construction continued on the refurbishment of the old departures lounge and the fit-out of the final three food and beverage outlets, Broughten Bay, Hunter & King Coffee Co, and Giancarlo.

We look forward to showing you around the finished product when it’s unveiled at the end of August.

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“The survival of the honey bee is in jeopardy and unfortunately our survival depends on theirs with bees responsible for 60% of the food we consume,” Urban beekeeper Kelly Lees said. 
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Weekend in Newcastle? Here's the only guide you'll need
Where the beach meets the city and the coffee is always good, Newcastle is a booming foodie hub like no other. Bursting at the seams with places to eat and things to do, Newcastle is where the beach is on your doorstep, and the bustle of the city is in your backyard. Take a short drive, and you’ll also find yourself in the acclaimed Hunter Valley wine region.


You can’t beat café-packed Darby Street for some of the best meals in the city. The Three Monkeys Cafe is renowned for its Snickers smoothie and generous breakfast menu, while Core Espresso is perfect for those in need of wholesome food and coffee. To escape the busy Darby Street, try The Edwards, set within a beautiful space in Newcastle West, complete with a wood-fired oven that’s perfect for a winter breakfast with sweet, savoury and vegetarian options available. You can also take your laundry here, thanks to the in-house launderette. In Newcastle East, Scotties serves up some of the best coffee in town that’s best followed up with a short stroll down to the beach for a dip.


A newcomer to the food scene and in the heart of Newcastle’s west is Antojitos, a Mexican eatery perfect for the casual BYO Sunday-sesh. The fish tacos are a must and perfect for kicking off drinks! All corn chips and tortillas are made in-house, and the menu leans towards fresh and light offerings. For a beachfront setting, there’s Estabar, which is perfect for taking in the coastal views and brunch style options. Parry St Garage is ideal for a long lunch and wines by the bottle. You can also book ahead;  meaning it’s perfect for those in big groups or wanting to make sure they can get a table.


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An open letter to the people of the Hunter - News

Dear the people of the Hunter,

Wow, hasn’t there been some interest in our airport during the month of May! It’s heartening to see so much passion from our region.

The commencement of works on the $1.9 million international processing area fit-out seems to have more than piqued your interest. What is evident is your excitement and enthusiasm at the prospect of future international destinations becoming a real possibility.

I am writing this open letter to residents of the Hunter to thank you for your passion for the introduction of new routes out of Newcastle Airport. I have read your comments on social media, and listened to opinions on radio and in the media that prove we are an impassioned region with strong views on the future of their airport.

Your sentiments are not only warranted, but just what we need to convince airlines we have a local population that wants to fly to new destinations and would actively support new routes with fervour.

We can all agree our region most definitely deserves an international airport. These development works are the next step towards making this happen for you.

Partly funded by the State Government thanks to an $850,000 Restart NSW grant, the fit-out is due for completion later this year. This means that if an airline told us today they wanted to start international flights from Newcastle, by November we’d have all the necessary infrastructure ready for the services to commence.

We’re working hard to bring more flights to Newcastle Airport, but competition is fierce among airports to attract more flights. Just like any other company we pitch business cases to win new work (ie new routes). These pitches are backed by extensive passenger and traffic research and often include financial incentives.

As you can imagine, we’re not the only ones doing this, almost every other airport in Australia is hoping to grow their footprint and deliver new routes for their catchment. Ultimately it’s the airlines who decide where they will fly their planes and that decision is based on demand.

Completing this Border Force fit-out means that from an infrastructure perspective, we have done everything we needed to prepare our terminal for international flights. When international flights will start from Newcastle, is yet unknown.

That said, what is evident to me and my team is the wanderlust our community has.

We take this desire for new destinations—both international and domestic—seriously and we will continue to lobby the airlines and push hard for Newcastle Airport and our region to give you an airport the region deserves.

Domestically, we’ve listened to your comments and have focused on new services into South Australia and to additional airports in Queensland. We are in discussions with airlines at the moment about opportunities to both these states and I believe we have presented a strong business case for new services. Watch this space!

Internationally our focus is on short-haul destinations such as New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and—with the right aircraft—potentially Bali in the future.

While right now we don’t have any announcements on the horizon, completion of these fit-out works will remove the last infrastructure hurdle in bringing international flights to Newcastle. If we don’t build the infrastructure, we can never have international flights.

So, what we need you to do now is keep that enthusiasm going strong! We will continue to communicate openly and honestly with you and we also need you all to let the airlines know that Newcastle Airport is serviced by a population that is passionate about travel.  Let the airlines know where you want to fly and keep that enthusiasm strong!

Thank you again for all of your support,

Peter Cock
CEO Newcastle Airport
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