Flying high with King Island's new airport terminal

Media Release

WT420/2015

09 December 2015

Joint release with:

Brett Whiteley

Federal Member for Braddon

Duncan McFie

Mayor of King Island Council

King Island's Airport Terminal was officially opened today following the completion of a $1.746 million upgrade, more than doubling the capacity of the terminal to accommodate a predicted major growth in passenger movements.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $500,000 towards the project in partnership with King Island Council to ensure the airport's ongoing viability.

"We are committed to delivering key infrastructure upgrades like this one to support economically viable and sustainable communities across Australia," Mr Truss said.

"Locally, at least three jobs will be created as a direct result of the project, with an increased number of charter and RPT flights expected, delivering an important boost to the Island.  A number of additional indirect jobs will flow from the increased capacity and visitation growth."

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley unveiled a plaque at today's official opening and said the terminal's increased capacity would support current and future economic development of the island.  This growth has largely been driven by the magnificent world class golf courses on offer, and these in turn build on and complement the stunning natural beauty that is King Island.

"The project has improved the efficiency of the airport and created a vibrant modern terminal that offers an exceptional experience for passengers," Mr Whiteley said.

King Island Council Mayor Duncan McFie said Council was pleased to partner with the Australian Government on this long awaited project.

"Works included construction upgrades to the arrivals and departure lounges, check-in counters and baggage collection point, as well as improved short and long term parking," Cr McFie said.

"Tourist and retail facilities were also upgraded and expanded to meet the increasing volume of passengers pass through the Terminal, and the new shop will provide an even greater level of service for visitors to this building. The project itself is a major investment for King Island Council and is a milestone in our history"

Works on the upgrade commenced in July 2013 and were completed in November 2015.