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Celebrating 20 years of Capital Airport Group - then and now

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When local businessman Terry Snow and Capital Airport Group took control of Canberra Airport in 1998, it was run down and in need of a makeover.

Twenty years and $2 billion later, and the airport is unrecognisable in aerial photos comparing then and now.

The biggest changes came between 2009 and 2014, when the $500 million "Airvolution" redevelopment delivered upgrades including the construction of an international terminal, which offers flights to Doha, Singapore and Wellington.

The largest private sector investment in ACT history also tripled the number of check-in counters in the terminal precinct and quadrupled the size of the baggage handling system.

On the 20th anniversary of his announcement as the successful bidder for the airport, Mr Snow called it "the best little airport in the world".

"Twenty years ago, we were determined to build the best little airport in the world, and this has been the completion of our dream," he said.

"We have spent $2 billion to realise this ambition in commercial infrastructure, and an airport designed to handle 12 million passengers."

The airport also revamped its annual Open Day event, which was held on Sunday, April 8.

Canberra Airport's 2018 Open Day

The Open Day attracted more than 30,000 people amd was the biggest ever with more than 15 aircraft and an exhibit featuring an RAAF C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

This was the first time an aircraft that large was displayed at Open Day.

2018 marks the first time the event was held on the western side of the airport precinct, allowing for larger event grounds to help this year’s crowds move freely among many exhibits.

Exhibitors included local police, Australia’s Border Force and a phenomenal display of planes from both private collectors and commercial airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia. Australia’s number one aviator, Matt Hall, put on several mesmerizing aerial displays that delighted visitors from across the region.

Sources: Canberra Times and Canberra Airport

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