Major terminal upgrade for Townsville Airport

Media Release


11 January 2016

Joint release with:

Ewen Jones

Federal Member for Herbert

Townsville Airport will soon see a significant upgrade with the Australian Government approving a 3,300 square metre terminal expansion today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project is a great addition to the Australian Government's commitment to invest in northern Australia.

“More than $50 million will be invested in the building, construction, engineering, architectural and other local industries. The project will generate around 116 full time construction jobs and, once completed, is expected to employ approximately 54 people,” Mr Truss said.

“Visitors will soon see two new airport lounges, upgraded check-in systems, more seats and expanded retail offerings. Importantly, it will create job opportunities for many local residents—a particularly important outcome for regional Australia.

“The terminal upgrade will support growth in passenger numbers and address major bottlenecks the airport is experiencing.”

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones said the expansion of Townsville Airport's facilities will be essential for the airport to reach its potential.

“The terminal redevelopment will secure the airport's role as the principal gateway to Townsville and help the airport realise its vision of becoming Northern Australia's aviation hub,” Mr Jones said.

“Given the recommencement of international services to Bali in September 2015 and increasing passenger numbers, a redevelopment of the terminal is a welcome improvement.

“The last significant infrastructure upgrade was in 2003. Parts of the terminal have already reached capacity in peak periods. Key areas of congestion are in the domestic departure lounge, upper concourse boarding lounge, baggage handling areas and queuing at the security screening area.

“Over the next 20 years, passenger movements are forecast to grow by 2 to 3 percent per year, increasing from 1.5 million in 2015 to 2.6 million passengers in 2035.”

The terminal will operate business-as-usual during construction works, and the airport will implement a staged construction approach to minimise inconvenience and disruption to passengers.

The redevelopment is expected to commence shortly and the majority of works will be completed by mid-2017.

Details of the development can be found on the Airport's website at