Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Newcastle moved a step closer to welcoming international flights this week with work commencing on a major airport upgrade.

The NSW Government has invested more than $850,000 to fit out the Newcastle Airport terminal with security, passport and border force equipment, which will allow direct international passenger flights for the first time.

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said, “The estimated population serviced by the airport is 1.2 million people, which could open a major new market to carriers to offer local convenience for people travelling from north of Sydney to overseas destinations.

“The Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter and Mid North Coast are all likely to benefit both with convenience and economic spin offs with this final hurdle being overcome.”

Newcastle Airport Chief Executive Dr Peter Cock said the finished upgrade would put Newcastle one step closer to being ready for international flights.

Construction is due for completion in late 2017.

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