|Status:||Business case stage|
|Client:||Newcastle and Port Stephens councils|
Newcastle Airport serves an important role not just in terms of civil aviation, but for defence and aerospace-related research, as well as for businesses in the region.
The Department of Defence has plans to resurface Newcastle Airport's runway as part of routine maintenance work in 2023. Defence's plan has provided the impetus for the civil airport to accelerate the 20-year Master Plan it released last year. The Master Plan outlines improvements needed to upgrade the airport's airfield, terminal, ground transport and aviation support facilities to cater for increased passengers numbers.
The airport hopes to take advantage of Defence's plans by building a new terminal and widening and strengthening the runway so it can be used by larger commercial aircraft capable of flying to the US, China and the Middle East. The airport believes longer-range flights will create lucrative new markets for Hunter producers.
The airport has compiled a business case which predicts a boost of $6.2 billion over 20 years to the regional economy if the project goes ahead.
Image courtesy of Newcastle Airport.
Article published on Friday, 06 December 2019