South Australia's Busiest Regional Airport Upgraded

Media Release


28 January 2014

Joint release with:

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

Julie Low

Mayor of District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula

Port Lincoln Airport has been upgraded at a cost of nearly $13 million, strengthening the regional gateway to the Eyre Peninsula.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the major construction would support economic growth in the region.

“Regional airports are key economic drivers for the region they service,” Mr Truss said.

“The Port Lincoln airport is of strategic importance to the whole of the Eyre Peninsula because it supports the local industries, including agriculture, seafood, tourism and mining.

“Maintaining a competitive airline environment increases the number of inbound passengers and this has a flow-on effect to the local business community, boosting the entire economy of the region.”

The upgrade includes:

  • a new terminal able to handle multiple airlines and flights;
  • a new taxiway and extended apron;
  • a 200-bay car park;
  • security screening facilities that meet the latest requirements;
  • power-saving air conditioning; and
  • improved lighting

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the airport was vital to the community and industry because it serviced passengers, charters, medical retrieval services and general aviation operations.

“Port Lincoln is an important regional centre providing services to the agriculture, fishing and aquaculture sectors, and importantly, this upgrade will provide valuable services to an expansion of the mining industry on Eyre Peninsula,” Mr Ramsey said.

“As a major regional centre, Port Lincoln is also a popular location for business conventions, conferences and meetings.

“This multi-faceted development will make a huge difference to the economic sustainability of the region.

“Already it has boosted the economy with 40 jobs created during the construction phase and 23 new ongoing jobs.”

Mayor of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula Julie Low said the new terminal and facilities would make it far more attractive to fly in and out of Port Lincoln for tourism and work.

“The upgraded airport will boost tourism activity by attracting new tourism operators, specifically the higher yielding domestic and international markets,” Councillor Low said.

“The larger terminal and upgraded facilities will improve passenger comfort with more lounge seating, a new cafe and much-needed air conditioning.

“Usage of the airport has doubled over the past 10 years, reaching around 200,000 passengers a year, and we expect these numbers to increase even more thanks to this upgrade.”

The Australian Government contributed almost $5.5 million to the project.

The Regional Council of the Lower Eyre Peninsula contributed $6.5 million and the South Australian Government contributed $1.4 million.