Our Major Development Plan for the terminal expansion was approved in late 2019. However, like many other businesses, Hobart Airport has been impacted significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic. The dramatic drop in passenger numbers and the reduction in flights has meant that we have had to review our plans for expanding the terminal.
Hobart Airport will always ensure that infrastructure development is in line with passenger growth and we are currently assessing what recovery looks like. We look forward to sharing our development story with you in due course.
Hobart Airport continues to work closely with airlines to explore prospects for international flights in particular those to New Zealand and South East Asia. Success in securing these international routes would see an additional $120 million of direct tourism benefit to the state.
When combined with Hobart International Airport’s new freight handling facility, international flight capacity also opens up airfreight opportunities for Tasmania to Asia for high-value, perishable products, generating greater export returns for local producers.
“International flights will stimulate regional economic growth and employment opportunities. It is estimated the total economic benefit is $128 million per annum with 680 additional jobs. As well as increased tourism, it will open up opportunities for Tasmanian primary producers and exporters to directly export to international markets, guaranteeing products are delivered faster and fresher, increasing Tasmania’s competitive advantage.” – Hobart City Deal
The project would have a major social benefit, allowing increased accessibility for residents overseas to connect with family and friends, educational destinations or holiday opportunities.