Tasmania’s Launceston Airport sees impressive passenger growth

A Launceston Airport ground staff member watches a flight being disembarked.
Photo Credit: Launceston Airport

Launceston Airport in the north of Australia’s island state of Tasmania has experienced impressive and continued passenger growth.

The Launceston Airport is the fifth busiest regional airport in Australia and projections show that the trend is expected to continue.

As one of the major gateway airports from the mainland into the island state of Tasmania, Launceston Airport expects to see growth in passenger numbers to some 1.9 million by 2028 and around 2.5 million a year by 2040.

“The Rockliff Liberal Government has invested in the airport with $5.5 million towards a $10.3 million upgrading to the terminal building, improving security screening and redeveloping the check-in and arrivals hall,’’ the state Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said.

“The very strong growth in passenger numbers shows that the Tasmanian Government’s investment in the visitor economy is yielding dividends, supported by joint investment in key infrastructure to accommodate current and future growth around and within the airport.

“Once complete, this infrastructure will provide a greatly enhanced customer experience for passengers with improved road access, facilities and larger arrivals and departure waiting areas.

“Congratulations to the CEO of the Launceston Airport Shane O’Hare and the airport owners Australia Pacific Airports Limited for its commitment to this important Tasmanian infrastructure project.

Interior view of Launceston Airport terminal area.
Mx. Granger, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons


Investment in air freight operations

As well as the development of passenger facilities and infrastructure, the development project for the airport also will see the boost to air freight handling and operations.

The project includes the construction of a new freight handling facility which will effectively increase the capacity of air freight operations and support local Tasmanian exporters.

A number of key produce sectors rely on effective and time sensitive air transport to ship produce to both domestic interstate and international markets.

Launceston Airport – A key gateway

Launceston Airport is located approximately 15 kilometres south of Launceston, a major city in the state of Tasmania, Australia. It serves as the primary airport for the northern region of Tasmania and is an important gateway from the Australian mainland.

As a regional airport, Launceston Airport plays a crucial role in connecting Tasmania with the rest of Australia. It serves as a major hub for domestic flights, linking Tasmania to various cities on the mainland, such as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Adelaide.

Several airlines operate regular flights to and from Launceston, including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, and Regional Express (REX).

Launceston Airport’s importance as a gateway airport from the Australian mainland lies in its vital role in supporting tourism, business, and trade in Tasmania.

It serves as a crucial transportation link, enabling tourists and business travellers to access the region quickly and conveniently.

The airport’s connectivity to major mainland cities promotes tourism and encourages domestic and international visitors to explore the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and unique attractions of Tasmania.

Moreover, Launceston Airport facilitates the movement of goods and cargo, supporting Tasmania’s economy. It enables the transportation of various products, including agricultural produce, seafood, and manufactured goods, to the mainland and beyond.

The airport’s cargo facilities ensure efficient logistics and contribute to Tasmania’s export and import activities.

Additionally, Launceston Airport plays a significant role in regional connectivity within Tasmania. It provides convenient connections for travellers from other parts of the state, such as Hobart, Devonport, and Burnie, to access domestic and international flights.

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