Hobart Airport Runway Extension

Media Release


13 May 2014

The Abbott Government is honouring its commitment to lengthen the runway of Hobart International Airport.

This election commitment to the people of Tasmania was fully funded, ensuring no additional pressure on the Budget.

The $38 million upgrade will see the runway extended by up to 500 metres. It will allow Hobart Airport to become Australia's gateway to the Antarctic.

The runway extension is expected to create 200 jobs during the construction phase and will enable larger and longer range aircraft to use the airport when completed.

This project will strengthen the Tasmanian economy by allowing for the growth of new Australian businesses specialising in Antarctic station support including equipment, maintenance, medical, construction, and research.

It will also foster tourism and trade linkages such as air freight exports of high value agricultural products to Asian markets.

Hobart International Airport's 2015 Master Plan will outline the proposed runway extension and establish the strategic direction for efficient and economic development at the Airport.

The Airport will also prepare a Major Development Plan giving specific details of the runway extension, including environmental and other studies. It is anticipated that the Master Plan and Major Development Plan will be released concurrently to the public.

The Hobart Airport runway extension is one of the key projects in the Abbott Government's Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.

Our Economic Growth Plan, which includes $400 million to upgrade the Midland Highway and $24 million to establish a new Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research Centre, will help to deliver our commitment to build a stronger, more prosperous economy for the people of Tasmania.