Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated Newcastle Airport on today’s announcement that international flights from Newcastle to Auckland will run from 22nd November 2018 to 17th February 2019.
Mr MacDonald joined Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, Port Stephens Council Mayor Ryan Palmer and Newcastle City Council Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at Newcastle Airport for the event.
“Commencement of seasonal flights to Auckland for the upcoming summer holidays is great news for the tourism industry in Newcastle and the growing strength and regional importance of Newcastle Airport,” Mr MacDonald said.
“I congratulate CEO Peter Cock and the Newcastle Airport team for all their work in the leadup to today, and for their continued advocacy which has developed a strong working relationship with the NSW Government.”
“The NSW Liberal National Government provided $30,000 to support the Newcastle Airport master plan which was launched in March this year.”
“$11.1 million was also allocated from the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund for upgrades to the terminal expansion.”
“$855,000 was also contributed to a joint project with Newcastle Airport for a $1.5 million terminal fitout under the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, for customs and immigration office requirements in order to accommodate international services.”
In 2017, Newcastle Airport handled a record throughput of 1.276 million passengers, a 4.9% increase from the previous financial year.
Forecasts suggest that, as a minimum, Newcastle Airport will need to be able to handle 2.6 million passengers by 2036.
Newcastle Airport is identified as a Global Gateway in the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and as a growth strategy in the Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan.