Terminal Expansion Project

April 2015

 Concept image only

Work on the new retail fitouts is continuing, including our new bar, Hector’s. The bar is named for the Top End’s famously consistent thunderstorm, which forms over the Tiwi Islands almost every afternoon during the wet season.

The concept for the bar was developed by our food and beverage partner Delaware North Companies specifically for Darwin Airport, and was informed by consultation sessions we ran with stakeholders and community members. In these sessions we asked people what ‘Darwin’ meant to them, and encouraged discussion about what makes Darwin unique, so we could look at how some of these qualities could be captured in a physical sense (for example in our retail design).

Some strong themes to come out of these sessions included the influence of the weather in Darwin, our six seasons, and the tropical flavour of Darwin. These were incorporated into the brief, and Hector’s was developed as a nod to the part that weather plays in our identity.

We appreciate your understanding while works are carried out and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

February 2015

Works update: our main security screening point will be closed next week while tiling is underway. From Monday 9th February through to Saturday 14th February, we’ll be using the new screening point at the eastern end of the terminal (located in the newly built section of the terminal, on the other side of the check-in area to the main screening point).

The eastern screening point has one x-ray unit which means queuing times may be longer during peak times. If you’re travelling out of Darwin next week, we encourage you to arrive at the airport with plenty of time to make your way through screening and on to your gate (from the eastern screening point, passengers can access the departures lounge via stairs, escalator or lift).

If you’re flying into Darwin, you’ll exit the terminal via the eastern exit gates, rather than at the main arrivals point. Just let any family or friends coming to pick you up to walk towards the eastern end past check-in.

We appreciate your understanding while works are carried out and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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January 2015

We finished 2014 with the opening of Stokes Corner Store, which offers coffee and snacks and is located on the terminal ground floor (at the eastern end, adjacent to the check-in desks). With plenty of seating, it's a great spot to watch the world go by before heading upstairs for your flight.

Elsewhere in the terminal, we're back at work for the New Year and progress is continuing on the remaining retail outlets, including the JR/Duty Free Departures store and our new bar, Hector's. Installation of the updated wayfinding signage is ongoing, and will be followed by the rollout of our new flight information screens (you can already see some of the new ones at the eastern end of the terminal).

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

December 2014

Stokes Corner Store

 

Work is underway on the next retail outlet to open, Stokes Corner Store (concept image above). The coffee and convenience offering is located on the ground floor at the far eastern end of the building and is expected to be up and running this month.

Elsewhere in the terminal, tiling works near the old operable wall that previously separated the international lounge from domestic is now complete. This space, which has increased the amount of room available to domestic passengers, is the location of the temporary bar—just turn right as you come off the escalators.

If you’ve travelled through Darwin recently you would have noticed that our domestic departures area now extends into the eastern end, near the entry to the Qantas Club lounge. Our new wayfinding signage is currently being prepared for installation in this area, and airlines have begun using some of the new gates—as well as our new aerobridge, which is now in operation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works continued this year. We look forward to bringing you more exciting changes in 2015— Merry Christmas and best wishes for a safe holiday period.  

November 2014

Upgrades to our Australian Way and News Travels store are complete, with the bigger and brighter new outlets now trading. Next time you’re passing through the airport check out the contemporary new space and expanded range.

Elsewhere in the domestic lounge we have relocated the operable wall that previously separated the international lounge from domestic, increasing the space available to domestic passengers. This expanded area is also the location of the temporary bar—just turn right as you come off the escalators.

On the ground floor, construction will begin this month on Stoke’s Corner Store, a coffee and convenience outlet. The fitout period will be roughly five weeks and we’ll keep you updated on its progress.

If you’ve travelled through Darwin recently you would have noticed that our domestic departures area now extends into the eastern end, near the entry to the Qantas Club lounge. Our new wayfinding signage is currently being prepared for installation in this area, and airlines will begin using the new gates in the coming weeks. The aerobridge currently being installed will come online towards the end of November.

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

October 2014

Picture source: Qantas

In a major milestone for the Terminal Expansion Project, the Qantas Club Lounge is now open in the new eastern end of the building. The bright new space, double the size of the previous lounge, features seating for more than 350 guests, a business centre with Apple iMac computers and a meeting room, new bathroom and shower facilities, a barista service and a dedicated family zone featuring kids work stations, toys, books and games.

You can reach the Qantas Club Lounge as you normally would (by turning left at the top of the central escalators), however it is now located further to the east and access is via a hoarded hallway (behind this hoarding work is being carried out on the new Hector’s Bar).

Hoarding has also popped up in the domestic lounge as Australian Way and News Travels prepare for a major upgrade to their store, which will grow in size and feature a contemporary new look. You can still pick up newspapers, magazines and essentials for your flight at the temporary store, which is operating at the top of the escalator.

Elsewhere in the terminal you may have noticed that some of the old international lounge has been reclaimed and is being used for domestic seating—this is where you will find the temporary Bar (just turn to your right at the top of the escalators).

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

16 September 2014

JR/Duty Free has opened its new arrivals store in the international end of the expanded terminal, which is now welcoming passengersArriving passengers now make their way along a new entry route and will enjoy an improved shopping experience in the upgraded JR/Duty Free store, which features a comprehensive selection of the best liquor brands, including wine and champagne; luxury fragrances, skincare and cosmetics; watches, handbags, sunglasses; the latest technology such as Apple and GoPro; and fun confectionery including M&M’s.

The staged opening of the International end of the terminal will enable work to begin on further retail upgrades, including the JR/Duty Free departures store, which is now trading from a temporary location.

Arriving international passengers will be the first to see the new spaces to the west, and will pass through a larger Customs line that now features four Smart Gates and five kiosks, doubling the current self-service options.  The new international area will also offer a new dedicated baggage reclaim belt, which is almost triple the size of the previous facility.

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

September 2014

If you’re travelling in and out of Darwin in September make sure you test out the new seating, which has been installed in the first floor departures lounge and downstairs near the car rental booths. Sitting on top of the new tiles, the seats are one of the most visible indications of the work going on throughout the terminal this month.

Behind the hoarding in the departures lounge, work on the fitout of the new Qantas Club Lounge is progressing, with the Club operating out of temporary facilities until the new lounge opens towards the beginning of October. The new lounge is almost double the size of the existing space at 1500 square metres, and will be able to accommodate 350 guests. It will also feature a business centre and a meeting room, new furniture, new bathroom and shower facilities, a barista service and a dedicated family zone featuring kids work stations, toys, books, games and movies.

At the western end, work is focusing on preparing border agencies for the new international arrivals and departures processes. One change that international arriving passengers will notice this month is that the Customs Smart Gates have been moved from the existing arrivals area in order to be installed in the extended area. If you would normally use a Smart Gate to read your passport on entering the country, this month Customs staff will process your entry manually. If you have any questions please get in touch or contact Australian Customs and Border Protection Service: http://www.customs.gov.au/individuals/default.asp

Another change you might notice is that our Gate renumbering process has begun, which will accommodate the new gates in the eastern and western sections once they come online. Numbering will start in the east and move through the building to the west; to prepare for this change Gate 1 is now Gate 5, Gate 2 is now Gate 6 and so on – the full list is below. The new Gate numbers are in our Flight Display screens in the terminal, and if you have any worries about finding your way please enquire with staff when checking in for your flight.

Continuing behind the hoardings is work on the new retail outlets, with JR Duty Free Arrivals the next to open. 

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

 

Previous Gate Numbers 

Updated Gate Numbers (September 2014) 

Gate 1

Gate 5

Gate 2

Gate 6

Gate 3

Gate 7

Gate 4

Gate 8

Gate 4A

Gate 9

Gate 5A

Gate 11

Gate 5C

Gate 10

Gate 6

Gate A

Gate 7

Gate INT

  

August 2014

Terminal Expansion Update August 2014

The Dry Season is in full swing, and things are busy across Darwin – including at DIA. The tiling works in the domestic departures area have been progressing well, with only a couple more sections to be completed; and the new furniture has arrived and is being assembled before installation begins at the end of August. The next couple of months will continue to be full of activity, with upgraded JR Duty Free stores opening in September followed by the refit of our News and Gifts store.

Outside the existing building, the expanded areas to the east and west are progressing, with joinery and flooring finishes being installed – even the air-con is on! These two areas will open in stages over the next two months, and DIA will keep passengers and visitors updated as the terminal changes shape.

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

July 2014

If you've passed through the airport recently you would have noticed the temporary hoarding moving around the upstairs departure lounge. Behind these walls the tiling works are underway section by section, and are expected to continue for the next few weeks. Once the tiling is complete, new furniture will be installed. Further retail upgrades to come include a revamped Australian Way store and new JR Duty Free outlets.

Outside the existing building, the expanded areas to the east and west are progressing, most recently with tiling and bringing the energy centres online. These areas will be complete in the third quarter of this year, with fitouts for outlets such as the bar and convenience store continuing until the end of 2014.

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

June 2014

Dome Cafe

Passengers travelling through Darwin International Airport will now be able to relax with a coffee at any time of the day or night, after Dôme Cafe opened its doors in May. Located upstairs in the departure lounge, Dôme is the fourth store to open as part of the Terminal Expansion Project’s retail up­grades. Featuring floor-to-ceiling airside views, the restaurant seats 170 and is open 24 hours a day.

The restaurant has started trading during what is a busy period in the departures lounge, with re-tiling of the area currently underway. Once the tiling is complete, new furniture will be installed. Further retail upgrades to come include a revamped Australian Way store and new JR Duty Free outlets.

Outside the existing building, the expanded areas to the east and west are progressing, most recently with bathrooms being fitted out and partitioning taking place. These areas will be complete in the third quarter of this year, with fitouts for outlets such as the bar and convenience store continuing until the end of 2014.

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

May 2014

Departure lounge upgrades

Our Terminal Expansion Project is moving into the existing building this month, as upgrades to the departures lounge begin. The first round of tiling works is underway, with an extended hoarding in place around what will be the new Dome Café—these works will see the current flooring replaced before new furniture is installed. The work will be done in stages, moving throughout the departures area behind a hoarding in order to minimise disruption and continue airport operations. The lounge seating will be reconfigured as the hoarding location changes.

In mid-May, Dome Café will open its doors, providing an extra 170 seats and airside views. All-day dining will be available in its warm and inviting space and it will make the perfect spot for a meal between flights or a coffee while waiting for friends and family.

Elsewhere in the terminal you may notice some temporarily barricaded areas; these will move throughout the ground floor area as structural works are carried out in the ceilings above each one.

On the exterior, work on the eastern and western bookends continues, with waterproofing occurring at the western end as it progresses towards lock-up stage.   

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

April 2014

The scaffolding has come down at both the eastern and western ends of the building, as work continues on external cladding and glazing. Inside the eastern extension, tiling of the bathrooms has begun and ceilings are being installed throughout. At the western end, partitioning is going up inside as work on the exterior moves towards lock-up stage.

Inside the terminal, work on the fitout of the new Dôme Café (behind the hoarding in the upstairs departure lounge) is continuing, which will see the old domestic smoker’s deck officially transformed into a 170-seat restaurant with tarmac views. Preparations are underway for the upcoming refurbishment of the departure lounge floor, which will be re-tiled, and new furniture will be installed.

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

March 2014

Work on the terminal extensions is continuing steadily, with the first stage of the build on schedule to be completed in the second half of the year. Pictured above is the eastern site, closest to the departures end of the terminal - in recent weeks this site has seen structural steel and in-ground services installed and glazing put in place, meaning its exterior shell is essentially finished. The focus is now turning to the internal fitout, and the new departure gates and security screening area are taking shape. The schedule for the western end extension runs about two weeks behind the east, and glazing on this site will likely be finished towards the end of March.

Inside the terminal, work on the fitout of the new Dôme Café (behind the hoarding in the upstairs departure lounge) is continuing, which will see the old domestic smoker’s deck officially transformed into a 170-seat restaurant with tarmac views. Preparations are underway for the upcoming refurbishment of the departure lounge floor, which will be re-tiled, and new furniture will be installed.

Thank you to our passengers and visitors for your continued understanding as the works progress. If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

February 2014

Terminal expansion works remain on track, despite all of the rain that Darwin has been experiencing these last few weeks. The eastern end is progressing towards 'lock-up' stage, when its glazing will be in place and its exterior shell will be essentially finished. The schedule for the western end runs about two weeks behind the east, and this site will likely reach lock-up stage towards the end of March.

Also ticking along behind the scenes are plans for injecting a sense of place into the terminal, a real feeling of being in Darwin - you may have heard architect David Holm speaking about the project with Margo on 105.7 ABC Darwin recently. Since our community workshops last year, where we started the conversation about what it means to live in Darwin, our design team has continued their work on how to represent Darwin's essence in a physical sense. The video above is one of the tools they have been using to get an idea of the terminal spaces they'll have to work with - it shows the extended bookends of the terminal, and some of the new screening areas, retail stores and departure gates that they will contain.

If you have any questions or concerns about the expanded terminal please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

January 2014

It’s a New Year and the terminal expansion works are back in full swing. At the eastern end, cladding and façade works are underway, while at the western end concrete is being poured to complete the flooring. Despite the recent heavy rain, works are on track to be completed in the third quarter of 2014, after which these two sections will join the existing terminal and provide more space for security screening, retail stores and departure gates.

Inside the terminal, we’re preparing for the upcoming refurbishment of the departure lounge floor. This area will be re-tiled, after which new furniture will be installed—in the coming weeks we will provide the start and finish dates for this work, which will be staged to minimise any disruption. Work on Dome Café (behind the hoarding in the upstairs departure lounge) is ongoing, and will be followed by upgrades to our Runway News and Australian Way stores in the second quarter of the year. Also happening in 2014 are new fit-outs for the outlets in our international lounge, including a new-look JR Duty Free.

Thank you for your continued understanding as we work to upgrade the terminal; if you have any questions or concerns please contact us. To stay in touch with what’s happening, subscribe to our email newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

December 2013

Recent weeks have seen the installation of new plant and roof sheeting on each of the bookend structures (western end pictured above) as they take shape and begin to have internal features added. The Dome Cafe and Bar structure is complete, and the internal fitout will begin early in the New Year. There will be no work at the sites over the Christmas break (from Friday 20th December until 6th January) but the sites will be manned in case of emergency.

In the New Year we will bring you more detail on the next round of internal refurbishments, which will begin in early 2014. This will involve an upgrade to the departure lounge area, which will be re-tiled and have new furniture installed. This process will be staged to minimise disruption.

DIA would like to thank passengers, visitors and customers for your patience this year as the Terminal Expansion works got underway. We look forward to working with you in 2014 to bring our upgraded and extended terminal to life. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a safe holiday period.

November 2013

Work on the bookend extensions is ongoing, with the western end taking shape as structural steel installation continues into late November. Other works onsite include preparing the new structures for the storm season and completing the outer shell of the new Dome Café (pictured above), which will open in May.

Work has begun on the planning and staging for the next round of internal refurbishments, which will begin in early 2014. This will involve an upgrade to the existing Runway News and Australian Way store as well as to the departure lounge area, which will be re-tiled and have new furniture installed. This process will be staged to minimise disruption.

Thank you for your patience as we move into a peak travelling period. If you have any concerns or you require more information, please contact us.

October 2013

Installation of structural steel at both the eastern and western ends of the terminal continues this month, which means an increase in heavy vehicles on the road to deliver the materials. Traffic management plans are in place for any vehicle or crane activity that affects the roadway, and work of this nature is carried out during quiet periods (between 7.00am and 10.00am) in order to minimise disruption. Notifications of changed traffic conditions around the terminal are published on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and on our website's Media Centre. If at any time you'd like to check on traffic conditions before heading to the airport, please contact us.

Airside (apron and tarmac) works are gathering pace on Dome Cafe, which will be soon moving into the glazing and cladding phase. This image will give you an idea of the transformation that the old smokers' deck is going thorugh on its way to becoming a 170-seat restaurant. Dome Cafe is still on track to open in the first quarter of 2014.

September 2013

Terminal Expansion - Eastern End

DIA’s Terminal Expansion is taking shape, with structural steel currently being installed at the eastern end of the building and concrete being poured to create its slab. Also at the eastern end, the covered walkway that leads to the staff carpark has been replaced with a temporary gantry to provide access alongside the construction site. The terminal’s new footprint is now a lot more visible and provides a sense of the project’s scope.

Works at the western end have been staged to replicate the eastern works, with a gap of roughly a month. In-ground services are now complete and the site is being prepared for the structural steel installation; there is also a covered gantry in this area to direct pedestrians between the long-term and car rental car parks and the terminal.


Airside works continue on the construction of Dome Café; if you’ve visited the airport recently you may have noticed the hoarding in the upstairs domestic lounge. On the other side of that wall, we’re working to transform the old smoker’s deck into a 170-seat restaurant with tarmac views. Dôme Café will open early next year.

Now open

Three of our new food and beverage outlets are now open: Bumbu, Hungry Jack’s and Giancarlo Café and Bar. These are the first of our retail upgrades, which will be followed by a further six food outlets (across domestic and international) and expanded Australian Way outlets.

Giancarlo Cafe and Bar

TXP Factsheet

Download the fact sheet below for an overview on the Terminal Expansion Project.


 

Terminal Expansion - Eastern End

 

May 2013

Since its beginnings as little more than a landing strip at Fannie Bay, Darwin International Airport (DIA) has been an important part of the Top End community and a key contributor to its economy. Last year we had 2.25 million passengers through our doors and we expect this number to keep climbing, as new airlines join us and route opportunities open up throughout Asia.

All of this means we need more capacity. We need a bigger, more efficient terminal that can offer our visitors a better customer experience and will support our airline partners to build their businesses—improvements that will benefit our local tourism industry and regional economy.

DIA's Terminal Expansion:

  • is the biggest project undertaken by DIA since the current terminal opened in 1991
  • includes $60 million in total upgrades
  • will see the terminal double in size, growing from 16,000 to 27,000 square metres
  • will create room for improved baggage systems and security screening areas, additional departure lounge facilities and and a larger check-in area
  • includes a larger, revamped Qantas lounge and the Territory's first Virgin Australia lounge
  • will feature exciting new retail and food and beverage outlets, the first of which, Bumbu, will open in late June.

 

What changes will I see?

The Terminal Expansion Project (TXP) is made up of two main components—the extension of the terminal at its eastern and western ends, and the redevelopment of areas within the existing terminal including retail upgrades. Construction work at the two ends of terminal will be contained within closed construction zones, and because this allows the airport to continue operating as normal, you shouldn’t be affected by these works when you visit this year. During the first half of 2014 these developments will be connected to the existing terminal, and DIA will aim to minimise any disruption caused by these works by providing notice ahead of time.

The upgrade works within the terminal are more visible. These have been staged to ensure disruption is reduced—only when work is completed on one group of stores does it begin on another, so the offering remains as varied as possible. We also open temporary outlets so that 24-hour service is maintained—and you can always get a coffee! If you’re passing through the terminal soon, you’ll see:

  • Bumbu and Hungry Jack’s opening in late June
  • Hoarding going up around the site of Dôme Café, a new outlet in Domestic Departures that will transform the old smoker’s deck into a 170-seat restaurant with tarmac views. Dôme Café will open early next year
  • Hoarding going up around the site of the existing ground-floor café. A temporary outlet will be open 24-hours. It will re-open as Giancarlo Café and Bar in August.

Food Court area

Other changes

Builder Watpac is currently establishing construction sites at either end of the terminal and conducting preparatory demolition work (there is currently no change to public access via these entrances). From mid June, you’ll see hoardings go up inside the terminal at its eastern end, followed by the western end of the terminal in July. After these dates, you’ll be able to access the terminal as normal through the sliding doors at the Departures and Arrivals areas in front of the terminal, and access to the public toilets at the western end will remain unchanged.

Beginning 3rd July, piling works will begin at the eastern end and machinery will be brought on site. This should have no impact on the public as it will only be operating within the established construction zone.

As the Terminal Expansion team are preparing construction sites at either end of the terminal, the permit car park at the eastern end of the terminal has been closed. As a result, parking bays in the western end of the Short Term Car Park have been allocated for these permit-holders and this area is now closed to the public.

To access the Short Term Car Park as normal, use the main entry (the first available entry) on Henry Wrigley Drive. There is another entrance further along Henry Wrigley Drive in front of the terminal; use the right-hand lane and you will see the boom gate entry on your right. It is the third and final boom-gate entry that is now permit-only and closed to the public.

When will it all be finished?

In the first quarter of 2014 you’ll start to notice construction activity get busier as construction at either end gets ready to break through and connect with the existing terminal. In the middle of next year we’ll begin to hand over some of these sites to the airlines and retailers that will fit them out, for example the Qantas and Virgin lounges and the JR Duty Free stores. We’ll be letting you know with plenty of notice when these changeovers will be going on and will be working to ensure they have as little impact on your journey as possible.

Where can I get more information?

We’ll update this page on a regular basis with schedules and important information as it becomes available, so be sure to check back here often. You can also subscribe to our newsletters, keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter or get in touch with us via email and phone.

Terminal Expansion - Western End