Launceston Airport expansion
Launceston Airport has released its new draft master plan.
The annual number of visitors through the airport is expected to increase by 500,000 to 1.9 million people in 2028 and 2.5 million by 2040.
New arrival and departure halls, additional gates, extended carparking facilities and improved accommodation are all in the pipeline.
“We’re planning to build additional gate lounge areas and add 50 percent more circulation space to the Arrivals Hall," General Manager Paul Hodgen said
“As passenger numbers grow we also plan to increase baggage reclaim capacity, and we will add more shopping and dining options to improve the overall traveller experience.
“Our plans will not only enhance the airport, but also align with the state’s tourism goals in attracting visitation.”
Public feedback can be made on the plan until next year.
Mr Hodgen argues about $60-70 million will be needed for upgrades, depending on how fast the growth occurs and the specific areas needing improvements.
He wants Launceston Airport to become a gateway for tourism in Northern Tasmania, ultilising its unique geographical position to access regional areas.
Next year, the airport will implement enhanced security screening technology to meet new security regulations, allowing passengers to leave their laptops in their luggage during security screening.
The number of vehicle movements on the airport’s internal road network is also set to increase from 6,000 movements today to 10,000 in 2040.
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