Mar 5, 2010

Approval of Canberra Airport terminal redevelopment

Approval of Canberra Airport terminal redevelopment

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 5 2010

I have approved the Major Development Plan for the western concourse terminal extension at Canberra Airport.

This new multi-level passenger terminal is the second stage of Canberra Airport’s $350 million terminal upgrade and is expected to be completed in 2012.

It will be up to 40,000 square metres in size and located partly over the existing terminal site and partly over the existing Qantas maintenance facility.

Canberra Airport currently handles three million passengers per year, a figure that is expected to more than double to 6.3 million by 2029.

The extension and upgrade of the terminal facilities will significantly improve the airport and its capacity to accommodate the forecast passenger growth.

This aviation infrastructure project will also deliver a significant boost to the local economy by employing around 350 people on-site.

Once completed, the terminal is expected to generate more than 300 additional longer-term jobs.

The terminal upgrade will deliver separate departures and arrivals levels, up to 22 additional check-in counters, up to six extra aerobridges and international processing facilities.

The Rudd Labor Government is committed to supporting aviation and other transport infrastructure in the Capital region in order to create jobs and deliver lasting benefits for communities.

The first stage of the Canberra Airport redevelopment – the southern concourse extension is due for completion later in 2010.