Before 1942 the site that Perth Airport sits on was the location for the Dunreath golf course.
Early in 1942 it operated as a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base, until the end of WW11. Two runways were built for the RAAF, one in 1943 and the other in 1944.
In 1944 Australian National Airways Pty Ltd (ANA) and Qantas started to operate from the site, which was then called the Guildford Aerodrome, as Maylands was unable to take the larger commercial aircraft.
Guildford Aerodrome officially changed its name to Perth Airport in September 1952.
The new international terminal, which was built from second-hand wartime materials, was completed in March 1953.
The main domestic airlines moved to the international site in 1962 which created a combined domestic and international terminal. By the 1980's this terminal was unable to cope with demand and a new terminal was commissioned to be built on the eastern side of the airport.
On 25 October 1986, a new International Terminal and control tower was unveiled.
The Federal Airports Corporation (FAC) was formed in 1988 to manage larger Australian airports.
In July 1997, the Federal Government privatised Perth Airport. This means that a private company now operates the airport instead of the Federal Government. Westralia Airports Corporation (WAC) took up a 99-year leasehold interest over the site and operates the airport and the 2,105 hectares of land.
In Ocotber 2011 Westralia Airports Corporation changed their name to Perth Airport Pty Ltd.
Perth Airport includes Terminals 1 and 2 as well as Terminals 3 and 4. There are two runways which all aircraft use.
There are four terminals and several small terminals which facilitate regional services:
Terminal 1 (T1) is located on the eastern side of the main runway, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is where all international aircraft arrive and depart and is located on Horrie Miller Drive, on the eastern side of the main runway.
Terminal 2 (T2) is conveniently located off Horrie Miller Drive on Sugarbird Lady Road, next to the current International Terminal 1 (T1). T2 is home to Alliance Airlines, Skywest and Tiger Airways -domestic services.
Terminal 3 (T3) and Terminal 4 (T4) are located off Brearley Avenue, on the western side of the airfield.
T3 is home to Virgin Australia - domestic services. T4 is home to Qantas, Qantas Link and Jetstar domestic services.
Perth Airport also includes several smaller terminals, which provide charter services and services to areas in Western Australia. These terminals may be found along Fauntleroy Avenue, Bungana Avenue, Newton Road and Valentine Road. [top]