$60 million hotel launched at Essendon Airport

Media Release


22 July 2015

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today officially launched the new $60 million Hyatt Place Hotel at Essendon Airport in Melbourne, with the hotel set to deliver jobs and economic prosperity to the area.

Mr Truss welcomed the investment, which in addition to supporting aviation, will help drive future economic activity in Melbourne's North-West, creating around 400 jobs during the construction phase and ongoing employment at the Events Centre.

“Airports are now business destinations in their own right and provide a powerful economic engine for their home region and local communities,” Mr Truss said.

“Not only will this development contribute towards local job creation on-site, the broader economy will benefit through the demand for day-to-day goods and services needed to operate the facilities.”

Mr Truss said Essendon Airport formed an important part of the local economy and, with the Australian Government approving the airport's Master Plan in May 2014 and the Major Development Plan for the new hotel in November 2014, today's launch will help build a strong and sustainable future for the airport.

“The aviation sector makes a valuable contribution to Australia's national prosperity, with Essendon alone providing over 4,200 local jobs,” Mr Truss said.

“Essendon Airport has set out a clear direction of what it wants to achieve over the next 20 years and this development forms part of this commitment.

“With the airport supporting the movement of goods and people between regional centres in south-east Australia, the opening of this hotel in early-2017 will provide a great place for people to gather and stay.”

A copy of Essendon Airport's Master Plan is available at: www.essendonairport.com.au/planning/masterplan