Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Improvements at Sunshine Coast Airport welcomed

Media Release

WT040/2016

05 February 2016

Improved Border Force facilities and services announced today at the Sunshine Coast Airport have been welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.

“I am very pleased to see these new arrangements. They will further strengthen the Sunshine Coast Airport's international ambitions, and the region's economy through increased international tourism activity,” Mr Truss said.

“These improvements have come about because of the steady increase in international passengers through the airport and they show the Government is investing in this emerging international airport.”

The upgrade is being funded as part of a 2015–16 Budget allocation of $23.8 million over four years to support the clearance of seasonal flights at Sunshine Coast Airport and regular international flights at Townsville Airport.

Refurbishments to take place at Sunshine Coast Airport will include:

  • an extensive close-circuit television network,
  • electronic examination facilities, and
  • trace detection technologies to support the Government's focus on stronger border security

Departure eGates will be introduced at Sunshine Coast Airport in 2016–17, bringing it into line with other major airports.

Mr Truss said the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has been working with the airport and Border Force officials in relation to border agency facilities at the airport.

“At the end of that process, we hope to be able to designate the Sunshine Coast Airport as a ‘restricted use international airport’—formalising the scope for the airport to handle international services on an ongoing basis, subject to passenger demand and the allocation of resources by the border agencies,” he said.

“Already we have seen Air New Zealand expand their winter seasonal services to New Zealand to include new summer services.

“However it is notable that even before summer services commenced, Sunshine Coast international passenger movements in 2015 were 19.6 per cent higher than the previous year.”