Port Macquarie Airport Open For Business
13 March 2014
Joint release with:
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.