Media release 25.8.17

Newcastle Airport is international ready

Friday, 25 August 2017

Today the Hunter region celebrated a major milestone with the official opening of the international arrivals and departure fit-out at Newcastle Airport.

Opened by Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance in front of dignitaries and guests, the $1.6 million project—majority funded by the NSW Government—has been completed ahead of schedule.

The fit-out now completes the 2015 terminal redevelopment and has included the installation of the necessary security technology, IT technology, passenger screening equipment, and furniture for the border agencies.

“This was always part of the plan when we undertook our 2015 terminal expansion project. It’s great to see it all come together.

“Our region is now one step closer to offering direct international services at Newcastle Airport,” said Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock.

“From a terminal infrastructure perspective, we have done everything we need to do to be ready for international flights,” said Peter.

Newcastle Airport doesn’t currently have any announcements on the horizon, however the completion of these fit-out works have removed the last infrastructure hurdle to bring international flights to Newcastle.

“I know our region is passionate about travel and there is an incredible desire for international travel. I know, because I’m asked almost every day that you want to be able to fly overseas from your local airport. I can assure you that my team and I are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make this a reality--our region certainly deserves to be able to fly to more destinations from their local airport.

“While my team can talk the talk to the airlines, we need you to walk the walk with the airlines. What we ask of you is for you to continue to be passionate about travel and about your local airport.

“We need you to keep travelling, we need you to choose Newcastle Airport as your point A when you travel, at the moment be it for a domestic or international trip—hubbing through Brisbane, the Gold Coast, or Melbourne. We need you to show the airlines that we want to go smarter and fly from our local airport.

“The completion of this project is incredibly exciting for our region. We deserve to have this infrastructure and we deserve to have direct international flights to our region. We’ve delivered the first to you and I assure you we’re working hard to deliver the latter too,” concluded Peter.

To take a sneak peek of a walk-through of the upgrade click here.

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