August 18, 2023

Growing gateway. Expanded Launceston check-in hall prepares for passengers.

Tasmania’s northern gateway is going from strength to strength with Launceston Airport welcoming more than 1.295 million passengers in the 2023 financial year, 165% more than the previous financial year.

In the fourth quarter of the financial year, from April to June, 306,437 passengers arrived or departed through Launceston Airport which represents 97% of 2019 pre-covid levels.

The launch of Tourism Tasmania’s offseason campaign in May lead to one of the best performing months of the year with 95,415 passengers transiting through the airport, 99% of the 95,935 passengers for the same month in 2019.

To cater for the increased demand and deliver an easier and more efficient experience for outbound travellers Launceston Airport is nearing completion of a significant upgrade and expansion to its Check-In Hall.

Due to open in the coming weeks, the $14 million project is the airport’s biggest infrastructure expansion since 2008 and the first step in a ten-year infrastructure plan.

Launceston Airport CEO Shane O’Hare said the upgrades will modernise the passenger experience and provide for future growth.

“Our vision is to be the Leading Regional Airport in Australia and to realise this we’ve embarked on a $100 million infrastructure plan designed to modernise the airport,” he said.

“Phase one of these upgrades will double the size of the Check-In Hall, enhancing the customer experience and ensuring that the airport can accommodate growing passenger numbers.

“Launceston Airport continues to punch above its weight when it comes to pandemic recovery and the hard work to establish new routes during the pandemic combined with excellent efforts from Tourism Tasmania have driven strong passenger growth through the 2023 financial year.

“The north of the state is the economic hub of Tasmania, so these numbers are not only great news for us as an airport but the state as a whole.

“We are also working hard on bringing new airlines and new routes to the airport to meet the increased demand and continue to grow this great state.”

For further information contact: Launceston Airport Media on (03) 9335 3666

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