Gold Coast Airport has completed laying the concrete foundations for a new hotel at the site.
It involved the pouring of 2,050 cubic metres of concrete.
Queensland Airports Limited executive general manager, property and infrastructure Carl Bruhn said the 3,000 square metre concrete slab forms the foundations for a $50 million seven-storey, 192-room hotel.
The Rydges hotel will have a rooftop bar and views over Kirra Beach and across the runway.
It was expected to open in mid-2020.
It is being built by locally-based construction company, Condev, on behalf of developer, Trepang, a company associated with John Robinson and Nick Paspaley, who have developed hotels in Darwin, including two airport hotels.
Queensland Airport is the owner and operator of Gold Coast, Longreach, Mount Isa and Townsville airports.
Gold Coast Airport handled 6.52 million passengers in 2018, down from 6.5 million in 2017.
The airport’s master plan has forecast annual passenger numbers rising to 16.6 million by 2037.
In March, the airport appointed Lend Lease to build a new three-level terminal expected to be completed by mid-2021.