Hobart locals are about to get the travel bug, with the Hobart Airport's much anticipated runaway extension now open to the public.
The 500 metre runway extension was a key project under the $100 million redevelopment plan and is one of the most significant additions in Tasmanian tourism history.
Hobart Airport CEO Sarah Renner said now complete, the $40 million extended runway would create new opportunities for Tasmania by enabling new destinations to be reached non-stop.
“The extension will immediately increase our reach as an airport, enabling direct flights from Hobart to South East Asia as an example, and will also enhance Hobart’s role as a gateway to the Antarctic."
- Sarah Renner, Hobart Airport CEO
“The runway extension will now allow large, fully loaded aircraft to travel directly from Hobart to the ice continent, making Hobart an extremely competitive Antarctic gateway.”
- Ms Renner, Hobart Airport CEO
Hobart Airport continues to experience strong growth over the past five years.
“The continued development has followed an increase in passenger numbers from 1.8 million in 2009 to 2.52 million in 2017, and we expect similar growth into the future,”
It's not just the runaway that has been given a make over. The Hobart Airport is busy with the relocation of security screening systems, an expanded terminal, front of house developments, and the installation of new airfield lighting systems.
To utilise the completed runway, Hobart Airport representatives are in discussions with airlines to negotiate international flights, and also recently announced plans for the development of a freight handling facility.
In the meantime, might be a good idea to start looking at your next annual leave!