2020 Draft Master Plan for Launceston Airport revealed

Launceston Airport

The 2020 Draft Master Plan for Launceston Airport has been released for public exhibition, noting the top priorities for the airport’s development over the next eight years. 

The plan also provides an essential blueprint and vision for future on-airport developments towards an ultimate 20-year horizon.

To accommodate future passenger growth, which is expected to rise to 1.9 million by 2028, the airport will expand its Arrivals and Departures Halls, and extend its car parking facilities, as well as make improvements to accommodate an anticipated rise in passenger aircraft movements.

In 2020, Launceston Airport will implement enhanced security screening technology to meet new security regulations, which will allow passengers to leave their laptops in their luggage during security screening.

In addition, the airport will explore opportunities to deliver a faster check-in process through the deployment of new technologies.

Launceston Airport General Manager, Paul Hodgen, said the 2020 Draft Master Plan outlines key developments that will ensure the airport can keep pace with both population and visitor growth.

“Experts predict that Launceston Airport will welcome around 500,000 additional passengers by 2028 and potentially grow to a total of 2.5 million people per year by 2040, so we must plan for that growth now through an expansion of our terminal and airfield assets,” Mr Hodgen said.

“We’re planning to build additional gate lounge areas and add 50 per cent more circulation space to the Arrivals Hall.

“As passenger numbers grow we also plan to increase baggage reclaim capacity, and we will add more shopping and dining options to improve the overall traveller experience.

“Our plans will not only enhance the airport, but also align with the state’s tourism goals in attracting visitation.”

Mr Hodgen said the number of vehicle movements on the airport’s internal road network is also set to increase from 6,000 movements today to 10,000 in 2040.

“A forecourt redevelopment and Long-Term Car Park and Saver Car Park expansion will be key to cater to the predicted increase in road traffic. We are also working with State Government to facilitate better access to the airport itself,” Mr Hodgen said.

Launceston Airport also plans to decommission its two unused grass runways in order to improve airfield safety and reduce the maintenance liability on unused assets, ultimately making way for potential aviation support infrastructure such as freight expansion and flight training academies.

The 2020 Draft Master Plan also proposes development of several airside areas including an additional passenger aircraft apron based on demand, together with added general aviation sealed apron and parking areas to the south of the current southern freight apron.

Mr Hodgen said Launceston Airport is the gateway to the region and its growth will play a pivotal role in attracting visitors to Tasmania, while supporting business and freight needs for the city’s future.

View Launceston Airport’s 2020 Draft Master Plan here.

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