Perth Airport Terminal 1 Domestic commences operations: 22 November 2015

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. View of the terminal at 5:14am, 32 minutes before the doors opened. Terminal 1 International is off to the right of this photo. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
View of the terminal at 5:14am, 32 minutes before the doors opened. Terminal 1 International is off to the right of this photo.
Photo © David Eyre

22 November 2015 – copyright © David Eyre

Virgin Australia and Perth Airport today celebrated the start of operations at the new Terminal 1 Domestic, located between T1 International and T2.

The previous night, twelve Virgin Australia aircraft were towed across from Terminal 3 on the west side of the airport, to T1 Domestic on the east side. Terminal 3 will be used by Qantas from 29 November, in addition to Terminal 4.

The front doors opened at 5:46am and first departing passengers entered.

The first flight arrival at the new terminal was Virgin Australia flight VA713 from Adelaide which was operated by Embraer E190 VH-ZPN. It was greeted by a water cannon salute from the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting crews as it taxied in, and parked at Bay 148A at 7:26am, a few minutes earlier than scheduled. The first passengers from the arriving flight were given the honour of cutting a ribbon to enter the terminal.

The first departing flight was the same aircraft departing back to Adelaide as VA714, which pushed back at 8:27am, a few minutes early.

The long-awaited new terminal pier was built specifically for Virgin Australia. T1 Domestic is the most significant project in Perth Airport’s $1 billion redevelopment, and a key milestone in the transition to collocating all airline operations around T1 and T2.

Until today, Virgin Australia had operated from three terminals on opposite sides of the airport, and the new T1 Domestic enables the consolidation of Virgin’s regional/FIFO, mainline intrastate/interstate and international services together on the east side for the first time, making it easier for passengers to transfer between flights.

The terminal was designed by Australian-based international architects, Woods Bagot. It was constructed by Built Environs over three years at a cost of $190 million, but was completed 17 months later than planned. Over 4200 contractors and suppliers worked an estimated 1.8 million man hours to build the 250-metre long terminal. Construction used over 15,000 cubic metres of concrete, 2,000 tonnes of steel, and 35,000 square metres of glazing and cladding to the exterior of the building.

Features:

  • 28 domestic check-in kiosks and bag-drop technology;
  • 12 aerobridge-serviced departure gates, including three A330-capable aircraft gates;
  • a central retail and dining area; and
  • a state-of-the-art Virgin Australia lounge featuring the airline’s signature Espresso and Wine Bar.
  • innovative sustainable design features to reduce energy consumption, including the use of natural light and a façade providing shade during summer.

* LOTS MORE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION IN THE MAIN ARTICLE ON THE FIRST DAY OF OPERATIONS

* ALSO SEE OUR PHOTOGRAPHY/SPOTTING GUIDE FOR TERMINAL 1 DOMESTIC

Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. Check-in area inside the terminal at 5:19am, 27 minutes before the doors opened for the first passengers. The orange screens of the self-serve check-in are visible, with the new bag drop systems along the back wall. Virgin Australia staff can assist passengers using the new technology, if required. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
Check-in area inside the terminal at 5:19am, 27 minutes before the doors opened for the first passengers. The orange screens of the self-serve check-in are visible, with the new bag drop systems along the back wall. Virgin Australia staff can assist passengers using the new technology, if required. The escalators on the left lead up to the departure lounge and security screening area.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. The first passenger enters the terminal at 5:46am. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
The first passenger enters the terminal at 5:46am.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. View west along the new Terminal pier, with a bar on the left and toilets on the right. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
View west along the new Terminal pier, with a bar on the left and toilets on the right.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-ZPN Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) (MSN 19000312) named 'Arrawarra Beach,' of Virgin Australia, at Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. The first flight to use the new Terminal 1 Domestic, flight VA713 from Adelaide, is welcomed with a water cannon salute from Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting as it taxies in at 7:24am after landing on runway 03. Photo © David Eyre
VH-ZPN Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) (MSN 19000312) named ‘Arrawarra Beach,’ of Virgin Australia, at Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
The first flight to use the new Terminal 1 Domestic, flight VA713 from Adelaide, is welcomed with a water cannon salute from Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting as it taxies in at 7:24am after landing on runway 03.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-ZPN Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) (MSN 19000312) named 'Arrawarra Beach,' of Virgin Australia, at Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. The first flight to use the new Terminal 1 Domestic, flight VA713 from Adelaide, seen shutting down engines after parking at Bay 148A at 7:26am, a few minute ahead of scheduled arrival time (7:35am). Virgin Australia staff cheered and clapped as it came to a stop. Photo © David Eyre
VH-ZPN Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) (MSN 19000312) named ‘Arrawarra Beach,’ of Virgin Australia, at Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
The first flight to use the new Terminal 1 Domestic, flight VA713 from Adelaide, seen shutting down engines after parking at Bay 148A at 7:26am, a few minute ahead of scheduled arrival time (7:35am). Virgin Australia staff cheered and clapped as it came to a stop.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sun 22 November 2015. A male passenger and female passenger share the honour of cutting the ribbon at gate 48A at 7:31am, after they arrived on the first flight to use the new terminal, flight VA713 from Adelaide, operated by Embraer E190 VH-ZPN. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 1 Domestic on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sun 22 November 2015.
Virgin Australia staff applaud as a male passenger and female passenger share the honour of cutting the ribbon at gate 48A at 7:31am. They arrived on the first flight to use the new terminal, flight VA713 from Adelaide, operated by Embraer E190 VH-ZPN.
Photo © David Eyre

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

One thought on “Perth Airport Terminal 1 Domestic commences operations: 22 November 2015

  • November 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm
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    A fancy terminal does not make a company with horrible service, a terrible fleet of planes (amongst them F-100 !) and inferior flight experiences a good partner to fly with.
    Qantas may now be in the older terminal, but I promised myself after some terrible experiences never to use Virgin again. What do we care about a termonal, where we spend only such little time ?

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