Newcastle Airport’s international passenger terminal will get a $55 million upgrade and expansion.
Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock said the terminal upgrade was the final piece of the puzzle for the Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Central Coast and North Coast regions in their path towards global connectivity.
“I want to sincerely thank the Deputy Prime Minister and the Federal Government for the confidence they have shown in our region,” he said.
“Coming on the back of the Government’s $66 million in funding for our airfield in May last year, this additional infrastructure will ensure nothing holds us back from our global potential.
This upgrade will make it possible to process long-haul aircraft, which can carry close to 400 passengers.
“We know there is plenty of work ahead, but we’re confident we’ll be connecting to a significant Asian hub by 2024. This will present opportunities that are difficult to quantify,” Dr Cock said.
Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the airport would play a key role in the city’s transformation.
“We are emerging as a truly global gateway city with Newcastle Airport having direct access to our key trading and tourism partners in Asia and beyond,” she said.
“This funding for our passenger terminal will help complete that transition and bring the rest of the world closer to Newcastle. That means more jobs, more economic growth, and more opportunities to showcase our region on an international stage.
“Our strong, united and consistent advocacy to the Federal Government has paid off, and we can’t wait to watch this important enhancement commence. It’s a great day for Newcastle”.
Works on the upgraded airfield are expected to begin in April, with the first terminal works to commence in October.