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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Blues Fest Byron Bay top 10 in the world- Travel_Tips

International music powerhouse Billboard has named Bluesfest among the best music festivals in the world.The Byron Bay Easter staple has come in at number 7 on Billboard's list of top musical festivals for 2016, and is the only Australian entry in the top 10.

Top billing for 2016 went to California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with 579,000 attendees in six days and gross ticket revenue sales of more than US $78 million.

Bluesfest Byron Bay entered the list just after Lollapalooza Chile.

The Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm recorded in 2016 a total of 104,526 attendees in five days, with a total gross in ticket prices of more than US$13 million, according to Billboard.

After Byron Bay's Bluesfest, the list ends with Lollapalooza Argentina and Brazil in top 8 and 9, plus the Mexican Corona Capital Festival in tenth position.

Bluesfest has also been nominated in the 2016 Annual Pollstar Awards in the category of International Music Festival of the Year.

The Byron Bay event is nominated among Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park (London, UK), Glastonbury Festival -(Pilton, UK) Lollapalooza Berlin (Germany), Primavera Sound (Barcelona, Spain) and Rock Werchter (Werchter, Belgium).

Bluesfest has been nominated for the award for the 5th year in a row, and the 7th time overall.

The 27th Bluesfest was held over the 2016 Easter long weekend, and featured headliners Kendrick Lamar, The National, Brian Wilson, Tom Jones, D'Angelo, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and many more. Bluesfest has been recognised alongside international festival heavyweights The Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park (UK), The Glastonbury Festival (UK), Lollapalooza Berlin (Germany), Primavera Sound (Spain) and Rock Werchter (Belgium).

The 28th Annual Pollstar Awards will be held on Thursday, February 2, at The Novo in Los Angeles (Friday, February 3 in Australia).

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Lots to celebrate at Newcastle Airport-Airport _News

It’s the time of year to celebrate the year that was, to make plans for the coming 12 months, and also to be grateful.

At Newcastle Airport we are doing all these things. We are celebrating a record passenger throughput for a calendar year, with 1,216,624 passengers having passed through our terminal in 2016, this is 5.5% more passengers than in 2015.

We are also celebrating key milestones: you can now fly directly to more destinations than you’ve ever been able to, we’ve had a slew of record months for passenger throughput, and we can connect you to 65 destinations around the globe with just one stop—and for many of these destinations your bags can be checked through to your final destination.

However, the real celebration for us is that we better served the needs of the people of the Hunter and Central Coast, and moved a little bit closer to being the Airport the region deserves. This means you have more time at your holiday, not wasting time getting there, leaving more time with loved ones. It also means attracting more businesses to the region and that current businesses can seek new markets, all without the need to battle Sydney traffic. Importantly it means more money being returned to our local community through our shareholders Port Stephens Council and Newcastle City Council; we’ve paid $8 million in dividends to the Councils since 2013.

This is however, only the start. The recently released Hunter Regional Plan 2036 confirms the place of Newcastle Airport as a significant piece of regional infrastructure. This high-quality plan has also set the challenge of establishing direct air links between our region and the world. We endorse and accept this challenge, we consider direct international air links to be a sign that as a region we are truly living up to our potential and cementing a bright future for coming generations.

Our plan to realise this potential is to harness the power of the people of the Hunter and Central Coast. We will be working with our airline partners to increase the number of flights to our current destinations, to add direct flights to even more destinations, and of course maintain cheap fares. For our part, we are going to provide better services for you at the Airport, with upgrades to WiFi, new terminal seating that offers device charge points, more car parks with a larger more comfortable courtesy bus, and other enhancements with the aim of making your journey through our terminal an easy and enjoyable experience.

If you continue to choose Newcastle Airport as you did in 2016, or even switch to using your own airport more often, then an increased number of flights and new direct destinations will come. Regarding that prized international destination, ‘bums on seats’ is the language airline executives understand. By flying through your airport, you are sending a message that you cannot be ignored forever. 

We are thankful for, and do not take for granted, the region in which we are located. From Somersby Falls in the south, through to the funky coffee shops in Newcastle, pristine beaches of Port Stephens, and the vines of the Hunter Valley there is something for everybody. The tourism potential of our region is boundless and we are honoured to work with all our partners to unlock this potential. We are also grateful for the support of all levels of government, including our local government shareholders and state government for its continuing support, including financial.

I would also like to thank the RAAF for the continuing productive and supportive way in which they allow us to share their airfield. Without the RAAF there would be no Newcastle Airport.

Finally, I’d like to thank the people of the Hunter and Central Coast. Both those who are our loyal customers and those who have tried us for the first time in 2016 and who are now converts to Newcastle Airport.

We have an exciting year planned and I look forward to welcoming you back to your airport in 2017. 

2016 Christmas Appeal-Airport _News

Newcastle Airport's bean counters have been busy collating the results from our Christmas Giving Appeal and it is with gratitude that we say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the 2016 appeal.

Due to our passengers’ generosity and the tireless fundraising efforts of our retailers a total of $5,425 was raised during the four-week Christmas Appeal. The  willingness of our retail partners - including both the spotless and AWPL staff members - to help us raise funds for our charity of choice was so humbling. It was the enthusiasm and support of our business partners that lead to this amazing result.

With coins donated on our terminal collection buckets and through the selling of Christmas baubles that were used to make some very elaborate displays in the departures lounge, these funds will directly benefit families in the Hunter who are going through the rigors of treatment for breast cancer.

The enthusiasm with which our retailers got behind the appeal and the creative ways they designed the baubles really made a festive atmosphere in the departures terminal and highlighted the message behind our appeal.

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The Foundation is unique as they offer support at every stage of the breast cancer treatment journey, either during new diagnosis, during treatment, or post-treatment. The dedicated service helps with practical day-to-day supportive care and physiological support fir those with breast cancer and their families that live in the Hunter region. As a not-for-profit and volunteer-run organisation, every dollar donated to the Foundation is invested into delivering grass-roots supportive care for men, women and families in the Hunter region and Central Coast.

Well done everyone.

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