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Hobart Airport embarks on 3-year terminal overhaul

written by Jake Nelson | February 27, 2024

A render of Hobart Airport’s terminal expansion, expected to be completed by 2027. (Image: Hobart Airport)

Hobart Airport has commenced works on its $200 million terminal upgrade.

The current terminal was designed for 1.5 million passengers per year and currently handles 2.6 million, with forecasts of 3.5 million by 2030. The upgrade – to be carried out by Hutchinson Builders – will see the terminal double in size, with works expected to be completed by early 2027.

“There will be increased seating capacity and queuing space for both domestic and international flights, two more departure gates for a total of seven, a third security screening lane with improved screening technology, and a third baggage carousel, all of which will provide a more comfortable experience for travellers,” Hobart Airport said in a press release.

“There will also be four more food and six more retail outlets with a wider range of products to choose from.”

The airport will also upgrade its runway, taxiway and apron for $90 million, supported by a $60 million Commonwealth government grant. Works completed in 2018 extended the main runway to 2,727m, allowing for larger aircraft to and from the Asia-Pacific and Antarctica, at $40 million.


Hobart Airport last month opened a new transport area ahead of the works beginning, with a newly-constructed double lane hosting commercial vehicles.

“We are redeveloping our airport precinct which will allow for increased parking availability, improved road systems and to make space for the all-important doubling of the size of the terminal,” said Hobart Airport CEO Norris Carter in January.

“Our commercial transport operators including taxis, Ubers and the SkyBus will have a new location just a short distance from their existing spot, and right next to the public pick-up and drop-off lane.

“New wayfinding and advertising will also be rolled out to ensure the travelling public can easily find the location of their preferred commercial transport provider.”

Domestic services into Hobart received a boost in August last year with the arrival of Rex’s 737-800 flights from Melbourne.

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  • Geoff Fairless


    In Hobart, the Control Tower is in an odd position so that the controllers can see both Hobart and Cambridge airports. I would be interested in how this development safeguards the controller sight lines required by CASRs. (Must be able to see all taxiways, but not apron areas). Hope that CASA has not granted a dispensation because Airservices will not spend money on regional ATC facilities.

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