Sunshine Coast Airport to become major international hub

Media Release

DC187/2016

17 November 2016

Joint release with:

Ted O'Brien MP

Federal Member for Fairfax

  • Federal Government to provide $181 million to upgrade the Sunshine Coast Airport
  • The upgrade is forecast to produce $4.1 billion in economic benefits between 2020 and 2040
  • More than 1500 direct and 650 indirect full-time jobs are expected to be created during project construction and beyond

The Federal Coalition Government has agreed to partly finance the transformation of the Sunshine Coast Airport into an international air passenger and freight hub.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said under an agreement with the Sunshine Coast Council, the Federal Government will provide a concessional loan to $181 million to help finance construction of a new runway and extensions of the airport's terminal and aircraft aprons.

“Upon completion, the airport will be able to accommodate aircraft as large as the Airbus A330 or Boeing 787, which opens the region to a broader range of international locations, including important growth markets in Southeast Asia,” Mr Chester said.

“The agreement to provide the Sunshine Coast Council with a concessional loan for the works demonstrates the Turnbull Government's clear commitment to jobs and economic growth in regional economies, particularly those that will have a significant positive flow-on effect for the Australian economy as a whole.

“The Federal Government's decision to help finance the upgrade follows Sunshine Coast Airport's recent formal designation as an international airport—a move which provides opportunities to promote the region as a leisure and business destination for new overseas markets.

Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien said the Government's swift action in delivering on its election commitment to upgrade the airport would provide jobs in the region.

“Allowing larger aircraft to operate through the Sunshine Coast Airport provides real international export growth opportunities for businesses in the region,” Mr O'Brien said.

“Providing international visitors with direct access to Australia's Sunshine Coast may be the difference between them choosing this region over another as their holiday or business destination.

“The airport expansion will provide over 1,500 direct and 650 indirect full-time jobs during construction phase.

“Between 2020 and 2040 the airport upgrades are estimated to deliver $4.1 billion in economic benefits to the Sunshine Coast region,” Mr O'Brien said.