Funding approved for Hobart Airport runway extension
16 February 2015
Expansion of Hobart International Airport's runway has moved closer with the approval of $3.035 million in Australian Government funding for the project's planning and development stage. This is part of the Australian Government's $38 million commitment to the project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the funding will enable complex design work and required approvals processes to be undertaken for the project.
“Tasmania thrives on tourism and this project will improve the airport's capacity to handle inbound passengers, bringing substantial economic benefits to the State's economy,” Mr Truss said.
“Extending the runway by 500 metres will mean the airport can operate direct flights to China and other emerging markets in Asia.
“Tasmania has a plethora of world-class attractions. Upgrading the airport's infrastructure will help lure more visitors from major markets such as Asia, which in turn will deliver a substantial boost to the State's tourism industry.”
Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said the upgraded runway will also support Australia's scientific interests in the Antarctic.
“Hobart International Airport is regarded as a gateway to Antarctica and the improvement of the runway will further cement that status,” Mr Abetz said.
“This project could bring significant international investment from countries with growing Antarctic programmes, including the United States, China and India.
“This agreement demonstrates the Australian Government's commitment to supporting this important infrastructure development.”
The Australian Government has committed $38 million to the project, with Hobart International Airport committing the remaining $2 million.