IT’S bright, it’s airy, it has more than 100 seats and it smells like a new car.
More than a year after work started, the overhaul of Griffith’s airport building is complete.
The terminal is twice the size of the old building and boasts modern kiosks for check-in and hire cars, new toilets and separate arrival and departure gates.
Work is still being carried out on the car park and there is one final touch to be added to the outside of the terminal, the “Griffith Airport” sign.
But everything else – including landscaping – has been immaculately completed.
Airport manager Bob Campbell said the “new, efficient terminal” had been well worth the wait.
“For the travelling public, it should be a much better experience,” Mr Campbell said.
“At times when there’s a delay due to fog, people will have somewhere comfortable, clean and welcoming to wait.
“This is an asset we can be proud of and will make all the difference in terms of the first view of Griffith people have when they’re flying in.”
The terminal is environmentally friendly, with solar panels on the roof, recycled water used on the gardens, and windows designed to let warmth and sunlight in.
There will not be a cafeteria in the building as first planned because there has been no private interest in running it.
However, an area has been set aside and plumbing installed in hope of future development.
Despite taking three months longer than planned, construction has come in on budget.
Council is now waiting for word on when regional development minister Sharon Bird will come to Griffith to officially open the building.
“This project has brought the airport into the 20th century,” council general manager Brett Stonestreet said. “It is a great gateway to the city; a modern facility that shows everyone we are open for business.”