A 500 metre and $40m extension to Hobart International Airport will enable the terminal to support larger freight aircraft, federal urban infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher says.
Mr Fletcher said the project would help Tasmania meet the needs of the Asian market and beyond.
“This major investment will bring unprecedented opportunities to Tasmania, including establishing Hobart as an international Antarctic resource hub, supporting tourism growth and connecting businesses to more export opportunities,” Mr Fletcher said.
“This runway extension will support the creation of about 200 direct jobs, as well as many more through business export growth and investment right across Tasmania.”
Tasmania is in election campaign mode and Mr Fletcher praised the incumbent state Liberal government led by Premier Will Hodgman.
“This is part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to the continued growth and development of Hobart, supporting the great work of the Hodgman Government in transforming the Tasmanian economy,’ Mr Fletcher said.
Hobart Airport chief executive Sarah Renner said the extended runway would create new opportunities for Tasmania.
“The extension will immediately increase our reach as an airport, enabling direct flights from Hobart to South East Asia as an example, and will also enhance Hobart’s role as a gateway to the Antarctic,” Ms Renner said.
Vision of the runway extension is available for download.