Aircraft Parking Bays

Commenced February 2019
Project Status:
In Progress
To Begin

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.

Previously, our apron had the capacity to park a maximum of five aircraft, however with forecasting indicating an immediate need for six bays to meet demand, we developed plans to reconfigure the existing apron to increase the number of bays from five to seven.

The first stage of the project saw the installation of new apron flood lighting to improve the efficiency of night operations and make the apron safer for all passengers.

Apron flood lighting

New line markings were then painted to realign the parking bays without the need for construction of new pavement areas.

Aircraft at Hobart Airport have previously performed power in/power out operations meaning they used their own power and thrust to enter and exit the parking bays. This project sees a move to power in/push back operations in which aircraft use their own power to park in the bays and are pushed backwards out of the gate by a specialised ground vehicle.

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.  

“We’re building better facilities and a better airport to serve our community”
Sarah Renner
Hobart Airport CEO