Mar 26, 2010

Launceston Airport Master Plan approved

Launceston Airport Master Plan approved

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 26 2010

I have approved Launceston Airport’s Master Plan which sets out its strategic direction and intended use for the next 20 years.

Launceston Airport provides vital aviation services for northern Tasmania, with the number of passengers forecast to more than double over the next two decades.

The Master Plan proposes a range of aviation infrastructure developments over the planning period to allow the airport to accommodate growth in passenger and aircraft movements. These include:

  • Upgrade of the aprons to the runway, including increasing the strength of the freight apron and the provision of a sealed general aviation apron and parking area;
  • Relocation of the regional terminal to move it closer to the main terminal, facilitating passenger movement and amenity; and
  • Three additional passenger lounges, an upgrade to the arrivals baggage carousel area and 12 additional check-in counters.

The Master Plan also identifies potential commercial developments such as a motel, offices and a restaurant, which would be subject to future demand.

Consistent with the National Aviation Policy White Paper, I expect Launceston Airport to establish a Community Aviation Consultation Group to ensure the community has direct input on airport planning matters.

The Group will have an independent Chair, and the arrangements for the Group will be developed with local councils.

Launceston Airport has 50 business days to make its 2009 Master Plan public.