Getting a taxi from Perth Airport just got easier for international travellers, thanks to a new and improved taxi rank at the international terminal, with domestic travellers set to see a second new rank by the end of the year.
The new international taxi rank is double the size of the old one, with eight pick up bays.
Peak arrival times will see a taxi marshal directing traffic and keeping gaps in the flow of taxis to a minimum, while off-peak there's a call point to bring a cab to you as soon as possible.
The airport promises "an improved customer experience, removing the need for pedestrians to cross roads and providing covered walkways and extensive landscaping from the terminal to awaiting taxis".
But those covered walkways will only be needed for eighteen months: "Over the next 18 months we are expanding the terminal towards the new rank and, when completed, the two will sit side by side," Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches explains.
Over on the domestic side, "exciting plans are also afoot" -- in this case, a second taxi rank. (Do try to contain your elation.)
The new domestic rank isn't fully designed yet, but once the taxi association has been consulted the airport hopes to have it in place by the end of the year.
Airport boss Brad Geaches explains: "We know how important it is to ensure the final stages of a passenger’s journey are of a high standard, and the second taxi rank in the domestic precinct will lessen the walk distance for passengers arriving on flights in Terminal 3."
The moves are all part of the $700 million futuristic makeover for Perth's airport to cope with the resources boom in Western Australia.
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Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.