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Adelaide Airport terminal expansion welcomes iconic brands

Iconic home-grown Australian brands and identities are part of the new retail and dining offering unveiled at Adelaide Airport’s expanded terminal this week.

The first stage of the expanded terminal officially opened on Wednesday 26 February, with six new retailers opening their stores.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the newly constructed retail concourse was part of the airport’s first major expansion since the current terminal was opened in 2005, and would feature the best the state had to offer.

“We think brands like Penfolds and later Maggie Beer will make Adelaide Airport a destination both for travellers and for South Australians looking for a unique dining and food experience,” Young said.

“The presence of iconic South Australian brands as well as the ultimate location of the Vickers Vimy aircraft on the ground floor of the expanded terminal will deliver a real sense of place.”

The Penfolds Wine Bar and Kitchen, which opened as part of the first stage of the expansion this week, was the first in-airport concept of its kind globally.

And it won’t be the only offering showcasing South Australia’s unique food and wine offering, with local food identities Poh Ling Yeow and Callum Hann to bring their own contributions to the new-look dining precinct in the near future.

Additional stored opened this week also included a Boost Juice, Lego Kaboom, Airport Pharmacy, Soul Origin and Precinct Adelaide Kitchen.

The terminal expansion will ultimately see retail areas complete refurbished, increasing the overall size of the terminal’s retail and dining precinct by 80 per cent.

However, the expansion will also deliver wider benefits for users of the airport and the wider South Australian economy, as it sets the airport up to meet growing demand in the future.

A second, longer baggage belt is planned for international arrivals, while more space will be created for border processing, security screening and duty-free.

Virgin Australia has also confirmed it will expand its lounge offering at the airport in April, and will be welcoming guests to a ‘summer pop up’ lounge in the new retail precinct while improvement works are underway over the coming weeks.

New airline and tenant offices were also relocated in preparation for the demolition of Aviation House, which will be demolished in March to prepare for the next phase of construction.

The project has already recorded 41,000 man hours to the end of January 2020, with the project to be completed in 2021.

It is expected to generate 630 direct and indirect jobs as part of the retail expansion.

Young says customers would notice the changes as new hoardings were installed for the next phase of the retail redevelopment.

“We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as these construction works continue. We recognise there is some unavoidable disruption for travellers in the short term, but we think the end result will be exciting for all of our customers,” Young says.


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