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By George, There's Water: Canberra's New Terminal  
User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2603 posts, RR: 5
Posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8548 times:

I interrupt my Toddler Flies series for a quick look at Canberra airport's new terminal.

With the release of our new intranet my frequent flights down to Canberra from Sydney have probably come to an end. I'm not going into the details of the flights as I've written plenty of other trip reports on this leg. Hopefully you can just enjoy the photos.

Both flights were with Qantas on their old 737-400s and both were very pleasant, but far too short! It was perfect weather for flying.

View from Gate 16

Our aircraft, a QF 734

Looking towards T2

Asiana 772 old livery, just as we flew her in 2004!

A good start on the livery, but the font is so old!

Cathay's 100th aircraft

Could do with a wash!

Chucked a U-ey above the airport

Line of clouds stopped at the coast

The menu has changed. Bars (without honey!) rather than muffins. Nice.

Back over the coast at Wollongong

Gorge-ous scenery

Lake George has water again!

I missed you...

...you big puddle

Turning in


The old Canberra terminal in front of the new

Looking up towards the Virgin Blue gates

Terminal transition

Glass jetbridges

Docked at the gate

The cool airconditioned air smelled like a whitegoods showroom


Inside the terminal

Descending past the security gates

Red glass wall.

After a day in Gungahlin it was time to fly back to Sydney. I was hoping to catch an earlier flight on the Q400, but a very slow short cut by the taxi driver put paid to that idea.

Taxi rank


The terminal entrance obviously needs some more work

The Qantas check ins have not been upgraded to the new technology


There are good views out to the tarmac thanks to the big glass windows


I'd imagine that the Qantas lounge is new. Wasn't going to waste my complimentary pass to find out

The only shops are this large Relay newsagent and a cafe.

My flight home

Angled big glass windows. Gate 14 is actually a tarmac gate

Lots of glass everywhere

Arrivals and departures screen with news ticker

734 interior shot

Passengers on the 738 had to use stairs and enter via Gate 14.


Civic and Black Mountain


We were told that the flight back was so short that we wouldn't be allowed to use electronic devices at any time.

Maybe it was the later flight (I usually fly back around 5pm) but this time we were given a large ham and egg mayonnaise sandwich instead of a packet of chips. Quite a decent snack.


Campbelltown area

Holsworthy Army Barracks - I think the runway is for helicopters. Look at the coords of an adjacent facility -34.007517, 150.952720 in Google Maps and you can see an aircraft mockup - presumably for commando training.

My house is down there (somewhere)

Beautiful views of the Georges River area as we descended

Georges River, Botany Bay, looking towards the Sydney CBD

Over the Royal National Park and over the coast

An Air New Zealand 744 getting ready to depart Sydney

As we taxied to Gate 1 we passed the Qantas maintenance sheds.


Qantas A380 VH-OQC

Journey's end

The new Qantas Next-gen check in has left the area very sparse

I was very impressed by Canberra's new terminal. It was clean and airy with pretty good views. The toilets even had Dyson Airblade hand dryers (though please note that these existed in Japan long before Dyson brought them to the West!). There may not be much in the way of retail or food, but that's probably a reflection of the demand. The airport is convenient enough that there's not much point arriving early enough for a meal.

Qantas provided typically enjoyable flights with some beautiful views. I've grown from loathing these flights with my fear of turbulence to loving them.

You can see many more photos at the photo gallery. I'd give you a list of previous trip reports, but the search function isn't picking up my latest posts!

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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1241 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7736 times:

Very nice - thanks for showing us the new terminal in CBR. I was last there (on a day trip in 2009 just so I could sample the DJ EM190 and 170) and there was certainly a lot of construction going on back then. Looks like quite a transformation has taken place.

Thanks for posting your report - I very much enjoyed it.


Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 517 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7516 times:


Good news that Canberra now has a new terminal. It's good that these new terminals now predominately have lots of glass to make it spotter-friendly.

It's also nice that Qantas continue to have a reliable service in Oz which definitely can't be matched by it's rivals.


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3204 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7201 times:

Thanks for the quick trip report on your flights to Canberra, I am hoping to get to Canberra in the new year.

I am surprised that the NGCI(Next Generation Check in) from Qantas wasn't installed from the start.

Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2603 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6959 times:

Quoting BNE (Reply 3):
I am surprised that the NGCI(Next Generation Check in) from Qantas wasn't installed from the start.

I was a bit disappointed myself at this, as I wanted to test out my brand new silver FF card on the way back, having used web check in from Sydney (as I knew that I would quite possibly arrive at the airport with less than 30 mins to spare).

The possible reasons I can think of is that

a) The NGCI terminals were still under testing in other airports first
b) It was cheaper just to move the old terminals across
c) Public servants don't earn FF points, only enhanced status points from Qantas now (grrr).
d) Most higher status Qantas flyers probably don't have much in the way of checked luggage at Canberra, it's all in oversized cabin bags...

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
It's good that these new terminals now predominately have lots of glass to make it spotter-friendly.

I wonder if (amateur) spotting is ever a factor in airport terminal design. Apart from the natural light and feeling of space that lots of glass brings, a good view of airport operations adds a lot of visual interest for passengers, even if they aren't plane fans.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 1):
I was last there (on a day trip in 2009 just so I could sample the DJ EM190 and 170) and there was certainly a lot of construction going on back then.

My previous trip to Canberra was on September 12, 2010 and the old terminal was still in use then. I was quite shocked to find the new terminal open.

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