Hobart Airport Master Plan approved

Media Release


23 December 2015

Hobart Airport's strategic direction for the next 20 years has been mapped out, with the Australian Government approving the airport's 2015 Master Plan today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Master Plan includes plans to address forecast passenger growth at the airport and facilitate growth of international markets and freight opportunities.

“The Plan provides for airside, terminal and non-aviation development, as well as ground transport enhancements and environmental management,” Mr Truss said.

“Approval of this Plan allows for the construction of the proposed 500 metre runway extension, to which the Australian Government is contributing $38 million.”

Mr Truss said the aviation sector plays a critical role in supporting a strong national economy and Hobart Airport is a key contributor to the Tasmanian economy.

“The runway extension will further build on Hobart and Australia's ability to support our Antarctic operations. It will also provide new opportunities for direct international flights to South-East Asia, creating opportunities for the growth of both tourism markets and freight exports,” Mr Truss said.

“Employment at the airport is expected to increase to 849 over the next five years from 731 today, growing to 1,031 over the next 20 years.”

Investments outlined in the Plan include a $100 million capital expenditure program over the next seven years.

Hobart Airport must make the 2015 Master Plan available to the public within 50 business days.