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

Hobart Airport runway extension set to welcome more visitors to Tasmania

Media Release


22 April 2016

Joint release with:

Richard Colbeck

Minister for Tourism and International Education
Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment

A landmark proposal to extend Hobart Airport's runway has been approved by the Australian Government.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project is fully consistent with the 2015 Hobart Airport Master Plan and will offer long-term economic benefits to Tasmania

"The runway extension will enable Hobart Airport and the surrounding region to capitalise on the growth in international passengers and freight forecast for Tasmania in the coming years," Mr Chester said.

"The approval clears the way for a 500 metre extension of the existing runway and the construction of associated aviation infrastructure.

"Once complete, Hobart Airport's runway will measure over 2.75 kilometres and will be capable of handling larger aircraft with greater flight ranges than those currently serving the airport.

"The extended runway will significantly enhance Hobart Airport's aviation capacity and allow it to cater for a greater diversity of aircraft types and higher passenger volumes."

Minister for Tourism and International Education, and Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the approval continues the Government's commitment to improve the Tasmanian economy following the 2013 election.

"Tourism has been recognised as a key economic super growth sector for the next decade, and this Government recognises the importance of investing in key infrastructure such as the runway extension to ensure we realise its full potential," Minister Colbeck said.

"Increased aviation capacity is essential to meet the Tourism 2020 strategy growth targets and underneath these passenger seats is valuable freight capacity for use by Tasmania's premium food and wine producers.

"During Australia Week in China last week, I was approached by China Eastern Airlines who specifically raised access to Hobart airport with me. I was happy to report that they would soon be able to fly direct to Hobart following the completion of the extension.

"China Eastern currently operates double daily services from Shanghai to both Melbourne and Sydney, it also flies daily into Cairns, and flies three times a week into Brisbane.

"China was Tasmania's second largest source of international visitors in 2015, with 28,000 visitors and the potential to grow this market through direct access is immense.

"The runway extension will also provide a major boost to Hobart as a hub supporting Antarctic services. This will help cement the city's standing as Australia's gateway to the world's southernmost continent."

The approval of the Major Development Plan follows a comprehensive consultation process that attracted overwhelming support for the runway extension. The approval also provides for ongoing environmental safeguards to minimise construction impacts on areas surrounding the airport site.

The approval delivers on the Coalition's 'Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.' Hobart Airport is required to make the Major Development Plan available to the public within 50 business days.