2 March 2013: Perth Airport Terminal 2 starts operations

2 March 2013 © David Eyre

Perth Airport’s new $120 million Terminal 2 (formerly known as “Terminal WA”) commenced operations today, with the departure at 7:23am of Fokker 100 VH-FZO on Skywest flight XR295, a FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) flight to Barimunya in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, serving BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine.

Skywest Fokker 50 flight XR141 to Esperance was supposed to be the first flight, with a scheduled time of departure at 6:30am, but departure from Perth was delayed to to poor weather at Esperance.

The first arrival to the new terminal was Skywest Fokker 50 VH-FNH on flight XR114 from Geraldton at 8:01am.

Terminal 2  is the first new terminal to be built at Perth Airport for 26 years, and is a key  milestone in Perth Airport’s $750 million  redevelopment program. It is located next to the International Terminal (Terminal 1).

The terminal was built by Broad Construction Services, with construction starting   in September 2011.  It took more than 250 personnel and 500,000 man hours to complete. Following staff training, operational trials of various features of the terminal were conducted by volunteers on 16 February 2013.

The Terminal uses a gas-fired power plant which generates electricity but also creates heat which is  used to contribute power to the air-conditioning system and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Integrating this system took longer than expected, delaying completion of the terminal by nearly two months. Large shapes in front of the terminal which look like planter boxes  are actually inlets for the air-conditioning system.

Aviation enthusiasts will be disappointed to learn that  Terminal 2 is totally unsuitable for aviation photography, with no vantage points to see aircraft from inside the terminal.

Skywest Airlines and Alliance Airlines are the first  to have moved  to Terminal 2 from Terminal 3.  Tiger Airways will move to Terminal 2 from Terminal 3 in  May 2013.

Qantas domestic flights will continue to mainly use Terminal 4, but it will expand some operations into Terminal 3. Virgin Australia domestic flights will continue using Terminal 3, but will move to  the new domestic pier being built at  Terminal 1 in mid-2014.

Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Alliance and Skywest were the first two airlines to use the new terminal. Tiger Airways Australia moved over later.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Food shop and cafe in Terminal 2 main hall. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Food shop and cafe in Terminal 2 main hall.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Check-in area. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Check-in area.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Check-in area. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Check-in area.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Baggage carousel area. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Baggage carousel area.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Baggage carousel. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Baggage carousel.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Departure Lounge and gates. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Departure Lounge and gates.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Departure lounge. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Departure lounge.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Departure Lounge. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Departure Lounge.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Departures display - XR295 was actually the first to leave, as XR141 was delayed due to bad weather at Esperance. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Departures display – XR295 was actually the first to leave, as XR141 was delayed due to bad weather at Esperance.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Mining workers waiting in the departure gate for a FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) flight to Barimunya in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, serving BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Mining workers waiting in the departure gate for a FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) flight to Barimunya in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, serving BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Mining workers waiting in the departure gate for a FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) flight to Barimunya in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, serving BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Mining workers waiting in the departure gate for a FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) flight to Barimunya in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, serving BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Mining workers waiting in the departure gate for a FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) flight to Barimunya in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, serving BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Mining workers waiting in the departure gate for a FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) flight to Barimunya in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, serving BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. Mining workers waiting in the departure gate for a FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) flight to Barimunya in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, serving BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
Mining workers waiting in the departure gate for a FIFO (Fly In, Fly Out) flight to Barimunya in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, serving BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine.
Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport - Sat 2 March 2013. View from Departure Lounge. Cannot get any closer to the windows unless boarding an aircraft. Photo © David Eyre
Terminal 2 on the first day of operations, Perth Airport – Sat 2 March 2013.
View from Departure Lounge. Cannot get any closer to the windows unless boarding an aircraft.
Photo © David Eyre
First aircraft and first departure to use the newly-opened Terminal 2 at Perth Airport: VH-FZO Fokker 100 (MSN 11305) of Skywest, departing to Barimunya as XR295 at 07:23. VH-FSW and VH-FNB parked in foreground. Photos © David Eyre
First aircraft and first departure to use the newly-opened Terminal 2 at Perth Airport:
VH-FZO Fokker 100 (MSN 11305) of Skywest, departing to Barimunya as XR295 at 07:23. VH-FSW and VH-FNB parked in foreground.
Photos © David Eyre
First aircraft and first departure to use the newly-opened Terminal 2 at Perth Airport: VH-FZO Fokker 100 (MSN 11305) of Skywest, departing to Barimunya as XR295 at 07:23. Photos © David Eyre
First aircraft and first departure to use the newly-opened Terminal 2 at Perth Airport:
VH-FZO Fokker 100 (MSN 11305) of Skywest, departing to Barimunya as XR295 at 07:23.
Photos © David Eyre
First aircraft and first departure to use the newly-opened Terminal 2 at Perth Airport: VH-FZO Fokker 100 (MSN 11305) of Skywest, departing to Barimunya as XR295, taking off runway 21 at 07:29. Photos © David Eyre
First aircraft and first departure to use the newly-opened Terminal 2 at Perth Airport:
VH-FZO Fokker 100 (MSN 11305) of Skywest, departing to Barimunya as XR295, taking off runway 21 at 07:29.
Photos © David Eyre
First aircraft to arrive at newly-opened Terminal 2, Perth Airport– Sat 2 March 2013: VH-FNH Fokker 50 (MSN 20113) of Skywest Airlines, named ‘Shire of Carnarvon’. Landing on runway 21 at 7:58am, as flight XR114 from Geraldton. Photo © David Eyre
First aircraft to arrive at newly-opened Terminal 2, Perth Airport– Sat 2 March 2013:
VH-FNH Fokker 50 (MSN 20113) of Skywest Airlines, named ‘Shire of Carnarvon’.
Landing on runway 21 at 7:58am, as flight XR114 from Geraldton.
Photo © David Eyre
First aircraft to arrive at newly-opened Terminal 2, Perth Airport– Sat 2 March 2013: VH-FNH Fokker 50 (MSN 20113) of Skywest, named ‘Shire of Carnarvon’. Taxying in after landing on runway 21 at 8:01am, as flight XR114 from Geraldton. Photo © David Eyre
First aircraft to arrive at newly-opened Terminal 2, Perth Airport– Sat 2 March 2013:
VH-FNH Fokker 50 (MSN 20113) of Skywest, named ‘Shire of Carnarvon’.
Taxying in after landing on runway 21 at 8:01am, as flight XR114 from Geraldton.
Photo © David Eyre

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