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Airport plan an export boost

A $100 million upgrade of Hobart airport, which was unveiled earlier this month, is another step forward in the plan to bring international flights into the Tasmanian capital. The upgrade, which is scheduled to be completed by 2020, includes customs and immigration facilities to handle overseas flights. These would provide Tasmanian exporters – especially growers of premium fruit and vegetables – with an invaluable direct link to overseas markets. The Federal Government allocated $38 million last year for Hobart’s runway to be extended for international carriers. The passenger terminal is also in line for a major overhaul and a doubling in size. Plans include an expanded departure lounge, improved passenger screening facilities, and a new mezzanine level at the southern end which would house the airline lounges. Hobart airport has just had its busiest year, with a record 2.6 million passengers through the gates, and that number is expected to reach 4 million by 2030.

23 April 2019, Edition 204

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