Consultation underway on Hobart International Airport redevelopment

Media Release

WT169/2015

10 June 2015

Joint release with:

David Bushby

Senator for Tasmania

Consultation has started on a $100 million investment in the redevelopment of the Hobart International Airport, which includes a $38 million commitment from the Australian Government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said consultation is now underway for both the airport's proposed runway extension and redevelopment of its terminal.

“We are happy to see additional investments being made on such a vital piece of Tasmanian infrastructure,” Mr Truss said.

“The $38 million runway extension at Hobart International Airport will create many new opportunities for Tasmania by giving the State the capacity to attract regular international flights from overseas carriers and support Antarctic research aircraft.

“The ability to support Antarctic research aircraft could see an increase in international investment from countries which have large Antarctic programmes.”

Senator for Tasmania David Bushby was in Hobart today to launch the public consultation and view the site of the future Hobart International Airport runway extension project.

“We are proud to be working with Hobart International Airport to deliver such an important project,” Senator Bushby said.

“This project will boost economic opportunities for Tasmania; it will also cement Hobart International Airport's status as the Antarctic Gateway.

“Project works include extending the runway by 500 metres and increasing the capacity of the airport to handle inbound and outbound passengers and freight.”

The Hobart International Airport runway extension project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $38 million and Hobart International Airport Pty Ltd committing $2 million.