The Australian government has approved a 3,300 square metre expansion of the Townsville Airport terminal.
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the project will be a great investment into northern Australia.
“More than $50 million will be invested in the building, construction, engineering, architectural and other local industries. The project will generate around 116 full time construction jobs and, once completed, is expected to employ approximately 54 people,” Truss said.
“The terminal upgrade will support growth in passenger numbers and address major bottlenecks the airport is experiencing.”
The terminal will receive two new airport lounges, upgraded check-in systems, additional seats and an expanded retail offering.
Federal Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, said the expansion will become essential for the future growth of the airport.
“The terminal redevelopment will secure the airport's role as the principal gateway to Townsville and help the airport realise its vision of becoming Northern Australia's aviation hub,” Jones said.
“Given the recommencement of international services to Bali in September 2015 and increasing passenger numbers, a redevelopment of the terminal is a welcome improvement.”
Over the next 20 years passenger traffic to the airport is expected to increase from 1.5 million in 2015 to 2.6 million passengers in 2035.
The latest significant infrastructure upgrade for the airport was in 2003.
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