Canberra Airport will aim to treble passenger numbers from 3 million to 9 million by 2040 under an ambitious “master plan” put forward by the government.
The expansion could include a new runway, international flights to Los Angeles and Tokyo, and an increased freight hub.
The Liberal and National government estimates the strategy will indirectly support more than 37,000 jobs and generate $6.8 billion in economic activity by 2028.
Zed Seselja, senator for the ACT, said, “This plan is good for Canberrans who want to travel, and for the Canberra economy, opening more opportunity to bring tourists to our great city.”
The eight-year plan was signed off by the federal government earlier this month but won’t be unveiled in full to the public until 5 March, following amendments from consultations.
The expansion includes:
- Direct international flights to Fiji, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Hong Kong by 2040;
- Direct domestic flights to Hobart, Darwin, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast;
- Doubling of flight numbers in the next two decades, up from 170 now;
- Growing the airport precinct from 14,000 to 36,000 within 20 years;
- A new freight hub and the growth of the airport’s business park; and
- The potential for a new light rail station if the public transport network expands.
In 2016, the airport expanded to offer international flights.
Qatar Airways now operates the Airbus A350-1000 to destinations across America, Asia and Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines flies from Canberra to London, Phuket, Koh Samui, Delhi, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Singapore.