Gold Coast Airport upgrades ‘expect to complete in mid-late 2024’

By Luke Barras-hill |

Heinemann Tax & Duty Free shops feature at the upgraded Gold Coast Airport terminal.

Second phase refurbishment works aligned to Gold Coast Airport’s (OOL) AUD$500 million/US$331 million transformation will commence early next year, the airport has confirmed.

This will concentrate on the upgrade of the departure lounge, including new wayfinding, flight information boards, seating and the installation of a children’s play area.

More than 20 new shops are being rolled out at the terminal as part of a package of improvements covering new retail units, broader F&B offerings, a new airport bar and lounge, and a children’s play area.

Gebr. Heinemann recently opened its new domestic store that offers international luxury brands.

In November last year, the travel retailer unveiled a raft of new brands housed within redeveloped Heinemann Tax & Duty Free stores following the opening of the AUD$260 million South Terminal extension.

Last year, Gebr. Heinemann subsidiary Heinemann Asia Pacific also obtained a duty free concession extension to continue operating at OOL until 2029. The travel retailer won a seven-year duty contract in 2018.

“To have retail partners like Heinemann expanding their footprint shows the confidence they have in our airport and that reflects the confidence that we have in this region which is why we continue to invest in improving our airport infrastructure,” commented OOH Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton.

“At the moment there is a lot of work happening in the terminal; passengers will notice some stores are closed while they are refitted and we appreciate their patience while we deliver these upgrades to help bring our customers an improved airport experience.”

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