As demand for travel to and from Hobart continues to grow, we saw a need to make room for more aircraft to park and be serviced at our airport at any given time.
Currently, our apron has the capacity to park a maximum of five aircraft, however with forecasting indicating an immediate need for six bays to meet demand we have developed plans to reconfigure the current apron to increase the number of bays from five to seven.
The first stage of the project is now complete with the new apron flood lighting in service allowing for night operations and making the apron safer for all passengers.
The project will also see the creation of new line markings to realign bays without the need for the construction of new pavement areas.
The project aims to not only increase parking capacity, but also to improve the efficiency and safety of airport operations.
The increase in bays will allow the airport to better accommodate off schedule arrivals and departures, and decrease the likelihood of flight delays due to an unserviceable aircraft occupying a parking bay.
The additional bays will also provide provisions for the appropriate infrastructure to park and service international aircraft, bringing Hobart Airport a step closer to offering international opportunities by the end of 2020.
The $2.27 million project has been approved and is now underway with construction works beginning in February this year.
Construction is expected to be complete by June 2019 with appropriate change management processes to follow, allowing the bays to be operational by the 2019 summer peak season.