Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Canberra Airport's international terminal takes off

Media Release

DC117/2016

16 September 2016

Joint release with:

Zed Seselja

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory

In less than a week regular international flights will take to the skies from the newly opened Canberra Airport international terminal.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the new terminal, which is equipped with state-of-the-art passport control facilities, duty-free shopping and a new terminal lounge.

“Canberra Airport represents one of the most significant infrastructure projects for the ACT and surrounding region, with a growing role as a national transportation hub, commercial business park and retail destination,” Mr Chester said.

“This state-of-the-art facility is testament to the outstanding efforts of those who have contributed to the airport's development to date and stands as a fine example of collaboration between the private sector, the Australian Government and the ACT.

“The arrival of international flights to and from Canberra Airport will mark an exciting new era for the Canberra region, with expanded access to international markets set to drive growth in jobs, tourism and trade for the region's economy.

“The Australian Government will cover the cost of providing customs and immigration staffing at Canberra airport to support international flights. Our border agencies have been working hard to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place.”

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Zed Seselja said direct connections from New Zealand and Singapore would help Canberra and the region grow as an international tourist destination.

“There were more than 220,000 international visitors to Canberra and the surrounding region in the year to March 2016, up 12.8 per cent on the previous year,” Senator Seselja said.

“Direct international connections should push that figure up further as it makes our region a far easier destination to reach. Increased visitor numbers will provide a boost the local tourism industry, encouraging businesses to invest and helping to unlock our full potential.

“On the outgoing side, Canberrans will also benefit from direct international services – we no longer have to use domestic connections to fly overseas.”

Canberra Airport's first international passengers will arrive at the new terminal from Wellington and Singapore on 21 September.