Jan 25, 2010

Gold Coast Airport’s $100 million new terminal open

Gold Coast Airport’s $100 million new terminal open

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

January 25 2010

Today, Anthony Albanese, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and Paul Lucas, Queensland Deputy Premier, officially opened the $100 million terminal redevelopment at Gold Coast Airport.

Minister Albanese said that the new terminal was more than double the size of the previous terminal at over 30,000 square metres.

“Completed two months ahead of schedule, this major infrastructure project employed 1,850 people during construction, delivering a significant boost to the economy.

“All up, Gold Coast Airport contributes more than $1 billion to the region’s economy every year and employs more than 1,200 people on an ongoing basis.

“It is one of the fastest growing airports in Australia and is a vital gateway to some of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales,” he said.

Minister Lucas said that the Gold Coast airport was the sixth busiest in the nation – with the top five busiest all capital cities – and 35 per cent of all domestic tourists arrived by air compared to 29 per cent in Queensland.

"Tourism in the State, particularly international tourism, has been fostered and developed largely by Queenslanders, and Queensland Airports Ltd continues that proud tradition here.

"The Queensland Government also understands that other infrastructure can support development of tourism in the region.

"That’s why the $543 million development of the Tugun Bypass and continued investment in the Gold Coast rail line – with the most recent extension to Varsity Lakes opened in December – will also continue to assist this vital industry to grow,” Mr Lucas said.

Mr Albanese said that the new terminal has been specifically designed to support low cost airlines and their passengers, a growing segment of the aviation sector.

“The terminal will help attract more tourists and visitors to the region, delivering a significant boost to local jobs and the region’s economy.

“At present, Gold Coast Airport handles 4.9 million passengers annually, including over half a million international visitors.

“I congratulate Gold Coast Airport on their continued investment in aviation infrastructure.

“The Rudd Labor Government understands the importance of Australia’s aviation industry and infrastructure.

“That’s why in December last year, we released the first National Aviation Policy Statement to help plan the future of the nation’s airports and aviation,” he concluded.