Media Release 27.11.2018

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure tours NSW’s second international Airport

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Newcastle Airport welcomes Andrew Constance MP, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, as he tours the State’s second international airport. 

On the third day of international operations, Mr Constance viewed new Border Force facilities and welcomed overseas travellers, commenting on the growth and contribution of the airport as an international gateway to New South Wales. 

“NSW Government majority funded the terminal expansion in 2017 and as Transport Minister, I’m particularly proud to see international flights available to the people of northern NSW. Playing an important role in global connectivity, we have already seen that it has created, not just travel opportunities, but real local job growth,” Mr Constance said.

“The NSW Government remains very supportive of development plans for Newcastle Airport.  We are working intensely with stakeholders and the Airport to investigate options for an upgraded runway that would allow longer range aircraft, opening up destinations further afield and providing economic benefit that would be counted in the billions of dollars over coming decades. This is a very significant project that should also receive funding from the federal government”    

“An upgraded runway will bring significant opportunities, the potential for an international freight terminal would open new markets to producers across northern NSW and provides the potential to ease congestion on Sydney roads by leveraging easy access with NorthConnex.  Stimulating substantial economic and social benefit and providing a legacy for regional NSW, an upgraded runway also enables Newcastle Airport to attract tourists from around the globe to some of the most beautiful parts of NSW,” he added.

Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock said, “Newcastle Airport is grateful for the ongoing support of the NSW Government.  As the second international gateway into NSW we are actively pursuing plans for an upgraded runway to bring greater opportunities and enduring benefit to the people of northern NSW.  We acknowledge the vision of our community shareholders, City of Newcastle and Port Stephens Council, in helping deliver the airport the region deserves. ”

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