Dec 20, 2010

Darwin International Airport Master Plan approved

Darwin International Airport Master Plan approved

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 20 2010

To coincide with visit to the city I have today approved Darwin International Airport’s 2010 Master Plan which sets out its strategic direction for the next two decades.

As well as playing a vital role in the long term defence of our nation, the Airport is also an important piece of economic infrastructure for the Top End. Last financial year, more than 1.5 million passengers transited through its terminal – a number that’s expected to almost triple to four million by 2030.

In response to this growth in passenger numbers, the Master Plan includes a major redevelopment of the passenger terminal by 2013 as well as the progressive upgrade of taxiways and general aviation facilities.

It also proposes the construction of a new access road linking McMillans Road and Osgood Drive. In addition, the operators will work with the Northern Territory Government as well as Darwin City Council to upgrade intersections at McMillans Road so as to improve safety and access to the Airport.

Importantly, the Airport in cooperation with Federal and Territory agencies, Darwin City Council and community organisations will continue its environmental protection and management programs, particularly around the Rapid Creek catchment.

Darwin International Airport now has 50 business days to make its Master Plan available to the public.