$100m upgrade for Hobart airport14 June 2015 by News Desk
Hobart Airport in Tasmania is to undergo a $100 million upgrade so it can handle direct flights from south east Asia.
Tasmania is seeking to increase its visitor numbers to 1.5 million each year with Hobart the gateway for 60% of all air traffic to and from the island. Tourism, migration and trade is increasing with countries across south east Asia and Tasmania is determined not to be left out as visitor numbers grow across Australia.
Major construction work will include a 500-metre extension of the runway to handle larger aircraft. Airport owners are spending $25 million on new departure and arrival halls, improved dining, lounges, car parking and access roads with the project due to be completed mid-2016.