Gold Coast Airport releases 2017 master plan

Gold Coast Airport (GCA) has released its 2017 Preliminary Draft Master Plan (PDMP) which presents a plan to accommodate growth and improve facilities for the next 20 years.

The PDMP is a key document that is used as a guide for:

  • Development of airport facilities for both aviation and non-aviation uses
  • Assessment of the environmental effects of airport activities including construction and operation of airport facilities
  • Development of land use control for areas surrounding the airport
  • Establishment of airport access requirements

The PDMP specifically focuses on the development requirements over the next five years.

The PDMP also proposes land use controls and protection in areas adjacent to the airport to ensure safe and efficient aircraft operations now and into the future, and includes an assessment of aircraft noise and other potential impacts of the proposed developments on the community.

GCA’s Chief Operating Officer, Marion Charlton, said the PDMP established a framework for the future development of the airport.

“The Preliminary Draft Master Plan provides a guide to the development of airport facilities, infrastructure and land uses to meet the future requirements of the aviation industry and the community we serve for the next twenty years,” Ms Charlton said.

“It will particularly focus on the development required over the next five years.

“Gold Coast Airport is a significant economic generator for the communities in the South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales regions. Gold Coast Airport also acts as a gateway to the region for domestic and international passengers as well as providing air access for the local community.

“We are committed to working with all our airline partners, the tourism industry and local business to develop the network of routes and services to and from Gold Coast Airport to service the South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales regions.”

A recent economic impact assessment GCA commissioned as part of the Master Plan process revealed over the next five years GCA’s direct operations contribution to the region of $818 million.

By 2037 it is anticipated that contribution will grow to $2.3 billion to the region.

“We are taking a proactive approach to delivering world class aviation facilities with an integrated ground transport system that considers the road network, parking, public transport and pedestrian and cycling access to create a dynamic transport hub for the region,” Ms Charlton said.

GCA will host a series of community drop-in sessions as part of the public consultation period for the 2017 Preliminary Draft Master Plan.

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