Exciting outlook for Gold Coast Airport

Exciting outlook for Gold Coast Airport

4 August 2017

The Federal Government has granted formal approval of the Gold Coast Airport’s (GCA) 2017 Airport Master Plan, reports The Urban Developer.

Under the Airports Act 1996, The Gold Coast Airport (GCA) is required to prepare and publish an Airport Master Plan every five years.

According to GCA Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton, the new master plan provides an exciting look into the airport’s future.

“The approval of the 2017 master plan … is an important stepping stone in ensuring Gold Coast Airport continues to grow as an economic and aviation gateway to the south east Queensland and northern New South Wales regions,” Ms Charlton said.

“The master plan provides a guide to the development of airport facilities, infrastructure and land uses to meet the future requirements of the aviation industry and the communities we serve for the next twenty years.

“It is particularly focused on growth in new aviation infrastructure and commercial facilities over the next five years including the continued expansion of the terminal and additional aircraft parking stands.

The airport, Australia’s sixth busiest, has serviced 6.4 million passengers every year since their previous masterplan, approved in 2011, came into effect.

The GCA forecasts passenger numbers to grow to 16.6 million (13.5 million domestic and 3.1 million international) by 2037, at an average annual growth rate of five per cent.

In 20 years, the airport is expected to provide 8,995 full-time jobs. When tourism is factored in, the airport is expected to support a total of 38,012 full-time jobs in the region.

A focus of the masterplan is the continued expansion of the terminal to include enhanced passenger facilities, introduction of aerobridges and additional aircraft parking stands. This is combined with extension to existing taxiways to maintain efficient aircraft movements.

In a separate report, Ms Charlton told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the airport will be ready to welcome the thousands of visitors expected to attend the Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held on the Gold Coast in April 2018.

“There’s no doubt we will be extremely busy leading up to the Games but even more so after the event when teams are leaving,” she said.

Planned terminal extensions to commence straight after the Games will see the international facilities moved from the northern end of the terminal to the southern end.

The new international facility will be a three-storey structure which will include long-awaited air bridges that can also be accessed from the domestic terminal.

The new terminal will set the template for the remainder of the domestic terminal upgrade due to be completed in 2020.

“Master planning for the airport has also taken into account the future introduction of heavy and light rail facilities,” Ms Charlton said.