Transit hub on schedule for opening in August
THE new Cruise Whitsundays maritime terminal at Port of Airlie is expected to be completed by August.
The development of the terminal is a major component of the new transit hub which will include a bus and taxi transit terminal, public fuel wharf and a 176-space public car park.
Port of Airlie sales manager Andrew Forster said the transport facility would see Airlie outclass other North Queensland tourist centres in providing seamless and direct passenger movement.
"While this transit hub will be the area's major link to the Whitsunday islands and the Great Barrier Reef for visiting tourists and locals alike, it also sees Airlie Beach as a destination in its own right," he said.
"People staying at Port of Airlie or elsewhere in the Whitsundays will be able to step off a boat and walk right into the heart of Airlie, which should be a huge boost for retailers in the central business area, as well as at Port of Airlie."
Cruise Whitsundays chief executive officer Nick Hortle said the facilities within the terminal had been specifically designed to improve all aspects of operations and deliver an even better experience for travellers.
"The design is based on airport-style check-in and the baggage conveyor belts will go a long way to making the process more convenient for travellers with lots of luggage," he said.
"The terminal will also have a café with indoor and outdoor eating areas, a gift shop and a comfortable seated waiting area as well as custom-designed pontoons to house our fleet of vessels."
Mr Forster said the facility completed Port of Airlie's public infrastructure obligation and the community would soon receive all the things promised to them.
"We are on schedule to open the complete transit hub around August this year," he said.
Hutchinson Builders were appointed to build the terminal and public fuel wharf while local contractors Allciv have started works on the public car park and service road.