Launceston Airport a key driver for Access 2020 Strategy
Infrastructure investments at Launceston Airport are a key enabler behind the growth in passenger numbers forecast in the Tasmanian Government’s Access 2020 five year air and sea access strategy.
General Manager, Paul Hodgen, said the strong passenger growth in recent years at Launceston Airport had put the airport in the top 12 airports in Australia for passenger numbers.
"Launceston Airport's role as an aviation gateway for Tasmania was recognised in the awarding of the Australian Airport Association's 'Major Airport of the Year' award for 2015, reflecting the important upgrades that have been made for access to the airport and our improvements to airport infrastructure," Mr Hodgen said.
The AAA award was the latest in a series of accolades for Launceston Airport and its role in supporting Tasmania's tourism industry and the wider economy.
"As Access 2020 highlights, 86 percent of visitors to Tasmania travel through Launceston and Hobart airports and they are major drivers of the state economy," Mr Hodgen said.
"The investments being made in airport infrastructure are vitally important for the growth of air services to the state, and realising the economic and social benefits of greater connectivity to the rest of Australia through aviation."
Around $20 million has been invested in the past year at Launceston Airport on recent projects to improve ground transport access, parking, terminal upgrades and the runway overlay.
"The success of Launceston Airport is important for Northern Tasmania, but also for the state as a whole as better aviation services through Launceston support the dispersal of visitors around the entire state including the South and North-West," Mr Hodgen said.
"More air services through airports that are focused on airline requirements and a better passenger experience will only further strengthen Tasmania's appeal for domestic and international visitors, and help to achieve the visitor number target set down in Access 2020."
Mr Hodgen congratulated the Tasmanian Government on the delivery of Access 2020 and welcomed the opportunity provided to Launceston Airport to contribute to its development.