Northern Territory

Darwin International Airport Master Plan approved

FEDERAL Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, has approved Darwin International Airport's 2010 Master Plan.

Mr Albanese said the master plan sets out the strategic direction of the airport for the next two decades.

Almost 1.5 million passengers transited through the airport terminal in the last financial year. By 2030, passenger numbers are expected to almost triple to 4 million.

The master plan includes a major redevelopment of the passenger terminal by 2013 as well as the progressive upgrade of taxiways and general aviation facilities.

It also proposes the construction of a new access road linking McMillans Road and Osgood Drive.

The airport operators will work with the Northern Territory Government as well as Darwin City Council to upgrade intersections at McMillans Road in order to improve safety and access to the Airport.

Mr Albanese said the airport will continue its environmental protection and management programs, in cooperation with Federal and Territory agencies, Darwin City Council and community organisations.

Northern Territory Airports welcomed the approval of the master plan.

"The Master Plan provides a 20-year plan for aviation growth, land use, community impact, commercial development, runway requirements and the regional economic significance of Darwin International Airport."

A key growth strategy is for Darwin International Airport to be the primary narrow body hub between Australia and Asia.

Northern Territory Airports CEO, Ian Kew, said the airport contributes about $296 million a year to the Northern Territory economy. He added that the redevelopment of the passenger terminal over the next two years would create about 150 jobs during construction and 200 jobs after completion.

Darwin International Airport has 50 business days to make the final Master Plan available to the public.

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