Canberra Airport's international terminal takes off
16 September 2016
Joint release with:
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.