The Federal Government has granted approval of the Gold Coast Airport’s 2017 Airport Master Plan.
GCA Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the new Master Plan provided an exciting look into the future of the airport.
“The approval of the 2017 Master Plan by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport the Hon. Darren Chester MP 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.
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“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.
Ms Charlton said the airport is “particularly focused on growth in new aviation infrastructure and commercial facilities over the next 5 years including the continued expansion of the terminal and additional aircraft parking stands.”
Since the approval of the previous, 2011 Master Plan, Gold Coast Airport has welcomed in excess of 6.4 million passengers annually, and is one of Australia’s fastest growing airports.
By 2037, the airport is forecast to have 16.6 million passenger movements annually (13.5 million domestic and 3.1 million international passengers).
In a statement, Ms Charlton said the new masterplan has also taken into account the future introduction of heavy and light rail facilities.
“Whilst this is a medium to long term prospect, planning has occurred to ensure that future stations are highly accessible within the terminal precinct. The Master Plan also has provision for a high quality hotel development,” Ms Charlton said.
The approved Final Master Plan will be formally published and available on the GCA website by late September this year.
The approval of the GCA Master Plan does not authorise any major development on the airport. Such developments require additional community consultation and approval by the Federal Government through the Major Development Plan process.