Newcastle Airport’s expansion is taking shape with enabling works for the new passenger terminal starting soon.
Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock said the works will include a new premium car park offering, directly in front of the existing terminal.
“Newcastle Airport is growing to ensure we’re fulfilling our purpose of being the airport our region deserves.
“Our work to be international-ready is gaining pace, and visitors to the airport will start to notice some changes over the coming months as our brand-new Premium Car Park begins to take shape.
“The design of this car park, as with the expanded terminal, is driven by sustainability. The 1,212 solar panels covering the car parks will produce 983,315Kw annually, representing 21% of the airport’s annual consumption.
“There will be around 160 parking spaces, with eight electric vehicle charging spaces, accessible and motorbike spaces. This complements the additional parking spaces we are adding at the airport in 2022,” said Dr Cock.
This is the first stage in the delivery of the Newcastle Airport terminal expansion that will commence in 2023. The car park works will commence soon and run through to Q2 2023.
To make way for the construction of the new Premium Car Park there will be some changes to the existing car parks at Newcastle Airport, and from Friday 16 September the Short Stay 1 Car Park will close to vehicles.
Dr Cock said the closure of this car park will have minimal impact on the availability of parking spaces at the airport.
“While some changes are being made to the car park layout, there will always be plenty of parking spaces available for you at Newcastle Airport including the existing Premium Car Park which will continue to operate until the new facility is opened.”
“We are working hard to minimise disruption to passengers and visitors throughout the project and will do our best to make everyone’s journey through the airport as stress-free as possible.”
While Short Stay 1 Car Park is closed, visitors to the airport will still be able to park close to the terminal in the existing Premium Car Park or the upgraded Short Stay Car Park, previously known as Short Stay 2.
This car park has been upgraded with additional spaces and new entry and double exit lanes, and is a short 3-5-minute walk to the terminal much of which will be via a covered walkway.
The Long Stay Car Park has also been upgraded with additional parking spaces.
The number of accessible spaces in both car parks has also increased, and visitors always have the option to drop or collect passengers in the drop-off and pick-up zone directly outside the terminal.
There will be minimal impact for pedestrians moving from the Short Stay Car Park to the airport terminal, with pedestrian access available through the closed Short Stay 1 Car Park via a temporary undercover walkway.
Wayfinding signage will be in place to help guide visitors around the airport precinct with ease, and construction of the new Premium Car Park is expected to be complete in early 2023.
Newcastle Airport is on track to be ready for the long range, high capacity Code E aircraft by 2024, with both airfield and terminal works scheduled for completion in the first half of that year.
Further information on the Newcastle Airport International Expansion can be found on the dedicated project page – https://newcastleairport.mysocialpinpoint.com.au/expansion