Launceston Airport is expecting another busy travel period over the July school holidays, and passengers are encouraged to plan ahead when travelling.
The holiday period is expected to build upon a busy few months for Launceston Airport, with June passenger numbers almost 5 per cent higher than pre-COVID levels for the same month in 2019. The recent Queen’s Birthday long weekend was also positive for travel, with around 3,800 passengers through the terminal each day, 25 per cent higher than the typical 3,000 daily passengers.
Launceston Airport CEO Shane O’Hare said that the airport will be especially busy on Fridays and weekends throughout the holiday period.
“We encourage people to arrive 90 minutes before their flight departure. This will enable our passengers and guests to pass through security formalities in a stress-free way and also provide time for shopping, dining and beverages at our great hospitality venues.
“Also, if you are driving to the airport, please make sure you arrive early, as there has been strong demand for our great value car parking services over the past six months.
“There are also roadworks continuing near the airport which can result in delays of up to 15 minutes, so take that into account when planning your travel to the airport.
“Given the operational issues seen in recent days, we encourage passengers to check our website or with their airline for the latest information on flight status.
“To manage the busy period, we have extra staff and our friendly volunteers available to help passengers.
“The Tasmanian Government lifted the requirement to wear a mask in airport terminals in mid-June, although they are recommended in indoor areas where social distancing can’t be maintained. Masks are still mandatory on all domestic flights, so please bring one with you.
“Above all, our priority is that everyone passing through Launceston Airport has a great and safe experience and an enjoyable start to their trip to wherever they are going in Australia or overseas.”