Opening of Adelaide Airport’s upgraded and expanded Terminal

25 February 2020


We are proud to have provided legal advice to Adelaide Airport Limited on its Terminal Expansion Project.

Adelaide Airport Limited is expanding its main terminal to significantly upgrade international arrivals and departures, and create more retail and dining options for both domestic and international travellers.

Construction on the expansion project started in October 2018. The first big new section of retail will be open for business on 26 February 2020, with Penfolds Wine Bar and Kitchen, Boost Juice, Lego Kaboom, Airport Pharmacy, Soul Origin and Precinct Adelaide Kitchen all opening their doors. The Penfolds in-airport concept is the first of its kind globally.

Thomson Geer has been involved in this project since the planning stages in mid 2018, and our project team of Partner, Tony Saint and Special Counsel, Shannon Schwarz, has advised on all construction documentation since. As the expanded terminal is being built whilst Adelaide Airport remains in operation, the project presents a technical challenge in terms of staging and sequencing together with ongoing engagement with the Airport’s stakeholders. Thomson Geer was involved in preparation and negotiation of the relevant construction contracts and ancillary documents, and remains involved in the day-to-day management of the project.

More recently, our team, led by Partners, Michael Liebich and Chris Kelly, and including Associate, Jessica Blank and Lawyer, Stephanie Cogno-Maglieri., has been advising on the negotiation and drafting of leases for all new tenancies.

Adelaide Airport is ranked the fifth busiest airport in Australia, with more than 8 million passengers annually, and is regarded as having one of the most modern terminal designs in the country.

The aim of the airport’s terminal expansion is to significantly improve the arrivals and departures experience for international passengers, with a second, longer baggage belt for arrivals, more space for emigration and immigration processing, expanded security screening, a larger duty free precinct for arrivals and departures, and expanded dining and retail options at Adelaide Airport. There will also be a dedicated international departures gate and a new premium international lounge.

Also coming soon to the airport’s enhanced dining precinct are other iconic South Australian brands: Maggie Beer Kitchen, Poh Ling Yeow’s Jam Face and Callum Hann’s Pantry, to help deliver a real sense of place for passengers.

Once complete, the expanded terminal will see a more than 80 per cent increase in its retail and dining precinct.