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

Port Macquarie Airport Open For Business

Media Release

WT036/2014

13 March 2014

Joint release with:

David Gillespie

Member for Lyne

Capacity upgrades are now complete at Port Macquarie Airport, setting the region up for economic growth through increased business and tourism opportunities.

At the opening today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the improved infrastructure would equip the airport to cater for future growth.

“At the moment, approximately 225,000 passengers pass through the airport every year,” Mr Truss said.

“The newly completed upgrade gives Port Macquarie the next major impetus to promote growth in passenger numbers, with the potential for up to 350,000 passengers per year by 2019.

“Beyond that, the Airport Master Plan forecasts continued growth so that by 2030 passenger numbers look set to hit 450,000 per year. The upgrade ensures that the airport will be able to cope with the predicted increase.”

Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie said that 122 jobs were created during the project's construction phase.

“The works involved an upgrade and extension of the existing main runway to 1.8 kilometres long by 45 metres wide,” Dr Gillespie said.

“The project also involved extension and upgrade of the existing taxiway system and works to allow for additional parking positions for larger aircraft.

“The airport has now had two major upgrades in the past seven years, the first allowing it to cater for jet aircraft, and this latest upgrade which will give it capacity to handle larger jets.

“With this upgrade now complete, I have approached both Qantas and Virgin Australia about the potential for a new service direct to Melbourne and I have been particularly pleased with their initial responses.”

The Australian Government contributed $15 million to the $21 million project, with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council funding the remaining $6 million.