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Newcastle Airport unveils its latest feature

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Electric vehicle charging bays and rooftop solar panels powering more than 30% of its needs are the latest additions to be welcomed at Newcastle Airport this week. 

The much-publicised terminal expansion that will see the Williamtown address upgraded to international status by 2024, took another step closer to its goal, opening its new Premium Covered Car Park on Monday. 

It features 161 parks, including six electric vehicle parking bays, eight disabled car parks, four parents with prams car parks and four motorcycle parks. 

All are located within 50 metres of the Departure entry doors. 

And, while pricing is a flat rate of $50 a day, there is no additional cost to use the EV charging stations in the car park. 

Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock said the new Premium Covered Car Park gave locals the first glimpse of what the new terminal would look like. 

“We’re thrilled to open this car park, not only to provide more covered parking to our passengers, but it is the first step in the expansion project,” he explained.

“Our team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the new car park meets the highest standards of quality and convenience, and we believe it will be a great asset to our airport.

“This car park is also a teaser into what our terminal will look like.

“We’ve used design elements in this car park that tie into the terminal.”

The roof of the new Premium Covered Car Park is constructed from 1236 solar panels. The 710kW system will produce over a million kilowatts of power each year, providing more than 30% of the airport’s energy needs.  

The airport also has a contract to ensure any grid accessed electricity is from sustainable sources, ensuring the airport is powered by 100% sustainable energy. 

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