August 12, 2022

Building for the future: Work underway to expand Tasmania’s northern gateway

  • Biggest infrastructure expansion program at Launceston in six years
  • Check-in area to double in size and accommodate self check-in services to enhance the customer experience
  • Security screening upgrades will introduce latest smart technology

Construction has started at Launceston Airport to expand the check-in area and install the latest state-of- the-art security technology, with passenger numbers expected to double over the next 15 years.

Supported by the State and Federal governments, the $11 million project will double the size of the airport’s check-in hall, with an additional 650 square metres offering space for self-check-in equipment, an easier security experience and an enhanced retail offering.

The installation of new security technology will reduce stress and save time by allowing passengers to keep laptops, tablets and aerosols in their bags.

The entrance to the Qantas Regional lounge will also be moved behind security screening, meaning travellers with access to the lounge can spend more time there before boarding their flight.

Launceston Airport CEO Shane O’Hare said the project is part of the airport’s long-term infrastructure investment strategy to improve the passenger experience and cater for future growth.

“Our airport terminal is already recognised as one of the best regional terminals in Australia and it is important that we continue to enhance our infrastructure and product to serve both our customers and Tasmania,” he said.

“As Tasmania’s northern gateway, Launceston Airport is already the fifth busiest regional airport in the country, and with tourism and business interest in the state increasing rapidly we expect annual passenger numbers will grow to around 2.5 million by 2040.

“We know our role as a key enabler of economic development and a critical access point for Tasmanian residents means we need to continually invest in better facilities to ensure a seamless experience for passengers.

“This project is just the beginning of an accelerated post-Covid infrastructure investment program, which includes a second phase of the terminal redevelopment to enhance the arrivals hall. We are also planning construction of a new freight facility that will increase the movement of goods in and out of the region and support our local producers.

“These projects will position Launceston Airport as the leading regional airport in Australia and the premier air access point into the state, and we look forward to making further announcements in the future.”

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said: “Tasmania is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination for Australians.

“Investment into key infrastructure such as the Launceston Airport is critical for the state’s economy and tourism sector, while also ensuring Tasmanians are well connected to the rest of the nation.”

Deputy Premier Michael Ferguson MP said: “An increase in passenger capacity will make Launceston an even more attractive proposition for major Australian airlines.

“By increasing the airport’s capacity to move both people and goods, we are not only improving the travel and buying options for Tasmanians, we are boosting our economic prospects by catering to more visitors and expanding trade linkages for local businesses.

Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MP, said: “The expansion will improve the experience of airport customers and ensure the airport is able to meet its increasing demand.

“This is also a great project for local jobs! Showing the Australian Government’s commitment to investing in jobs here in Northern Tasmania.”

Construction will be led by building firm MAZ Group, Cumulus Architects and JMG Engineers with support from RP Infrastructure. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Launceston Airport terminal proposed design

Australia Pacific Airports (Launceston) acknowledges the First Nations people and Traditional Owners of Tasmania including the Land that Launceston Airport operates on. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all other First Nations People.