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

Griffith Airport Terminal Open for Business

Media Release

WT031/2013

17 November 2013

Joint release with:

Michael McCormack

Member for Riverina

Griffith's new airport terminal officially opened today, creating a vibrant new gateway for the growing city and the Riverina district.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, and Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, joined the community to celebrate the upgraded facilities.

Mr Truss said the $2.5 million upgrade had doubled the size of the airport terminal.

“The new arrival and departure lounge will host between 80,000 and 100,000 passengers per year, with locals, business and medical travellers taking advantage of the upgraded facilities,” Mr Truss said.

“The project has also extended the main apron to provide additional parking space for aircraft. This will enable Griffith to negotiate with carriers to provide more services, including to additional regional centres and cities.”

Mr McCormack said the upgrade extended to all the facilities of the airport, including an improved car park and undercover drop-off area.

“One of the most exciting elements of the upgrade is an undercover arrivals baggage area, which will mean dry bags and dry passengers every trip,” Mr McCormack said.

“It is also good to see it has incorporated an element of sustainable design, with a 10 kilowatt solar system and 20,000 litres of water tanks installed during the upgrade.”

The Australian Government is providing nearly $2 million for the upgrade, and Griffith City Council is providing the remaining $500,000.