Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, today officially opened Hobart Airport’s much anticipated runway extension.
The extension, which was completed ahead of the expected completion date of March 2018, has been coined one of the most significant Tasmanian tourism infrastructure projects in history.
The runway extension has been a key project under Hobart Airport’s $100 million redevelopment plan announced in 2015, which aimed to transform our state’s busiest gateway.
This project included $40 million for a 500 metre runway extension, enabled through funding of $38 million from the Australian Government and an additional $2 million from Hobart International Airport Pty Ltd.
Hobart Airport CEO Sarah Renner said now complete, the extended runway would create new opportunities for Tasmania by enabling new destinations to be reached non-stop.
“The runway extension is a vital infrastructure project for Hobart Airport and the state of Tasmania,” Ms Renner said.
“The extension will immediately increase our reach as an airport, enabling direct flights from Hobart to South East Asia as an example, and will also enhance Hobart’s role as a gateway to the Antarctic.
“The runway extension will now allow large, fully loaded aircraft to travel directly from Hobart to the ice continent, making Hobart an extremely competitive Antarctic gateway.”
Hobart Airport continues to experience strong growth with 35 per cent growth in passenger numbers over the past five years.
“The continued development has followed an increase in passenger numbers from 1.8 million in 2009 to 2.52 million in 2017, and we expect similar growth into the future,” she said.
“The runway extension project continues a busy period for Hobart Airport which has included the relocation of security screening systems, an expanded terminal, front of house developments, and the installation of new airfield lighting systems.”
To utilise the completed runway Hobart Airport representatives are in discussions with airlines to negotiate international flights, and also recently announced plans for the development of a freight handling facility to enable local producers the opportunity to freight their produce direct from Hobart to their international export destination.
Hobart Airport CEO Sarah Renner