Newcastle Airport expansion takes off with Commonwealth Bank partnership

Newcastle Airport expansion takes off with Commonwealth Bank partnership

Newcastle Airport is embarking on a significant expansion plan, in partnership with Commonwealth Bank, which is acting as their sole financier.

The $240 million deal includes the expansion of Newcastle Airport to enhance domestic capacity, develop a new international terminal and financing to accelerate the activation of Astra Aerolab.

This will include the construction of a commercial A-grade office and industrial facilities subject to current development applications.

Commonwealth Bank Regional and Agribusiness (CBA) Banking, Executive General Manager, Paul Fowler said Newcastle Airport was strategically important infrastructure and a key driver of the regional economy.

“The airport’s expansion and modernisation will significantly increase its capacity and improve connectivity across Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and the Central Coast, driving new business and employment opportunities that add to the region’s prosperity,” Paul said.

“CBA is proud to partner with Newcastle Airport on this exciting project.”

Commonwealth Bank Regional and Agribusiness Banking NSW Newcastle and Hunter Valley, Executive Manager, Paul Cragg said CBA has supported the community and businesses across the Hunter region for more than 100 years.

“The Hunter population is expected to increase to around 950,000 people by 2041 with Newcastle as a centre for industry innovation,” Paul Cragg said.

“Being born in and having raised my family in Newcastle, I see this as an exciting time of change for Newcastle and the Hunter Region.”

“This is why we’ve expanded our business banking and customer support teams on the ground to assist the growth of diverse sectors including tourism, defence, manufacturing, health, energy, agriculture, education, property and transport.

“We’re looking forward to helping more businesses in Newcastle and beyond take advantage of new possibilities as the economy transitions.”

Newcastle Airport CFO, Allanna Ryan said the deal with CBA was a major step forward in enabling its promise to be the airport the region deserves.

“The biggest beneficiaries of the airport’s upgrade will be the people of the Hunter region. We are delighted to partner with CBA on this critical development to support the growth and sustainability of our region,” Allanna said.

Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock welcomes the partnership, highlighting the benefits this expansion has for the region.

“Driving greater economic and social benefits by broadening our domestic and international destinations and contributing to Newcastle’s transformation from a major regional hub into an international destination and a significant second international gateway to NSW, is key to our purpose.”

“We also thank the Federal Government for investing a total of $121 million in our region’s international growth.

“Servicing Defence and defence industry participants are both vital to Australia and benefits the regional economy.

“Astra Aerolab has strong leasing interest and several buildings poised to start coming out of the ground. CBA’s funding partnership will help us accelerate this activity to meet client demands.”

Peter said Newcastle Airport was committed to reducing its environmental footprint across the airport, with the expanded terminal building being designed and to be operated with 5-star Green Star rating accreditation, the under construction solar powered covered car park powering more than 30 per cent of the airport and with the first Astra Aerolab commercial office building also being successful in attaining a 5-star Green Star rating accreditation.

The second busiest airport in NSW, Newcastle Airport generates around $1.2 billion in economic activity a year and supports around 5,600 jobs.

It currently services 12 domestic routes with six domestic airlines, catering for around 1.3 million passengers a year.

The expansion of Newcastle Airport will facilitate the introduction of new domestic and international routes and address capacity for forecast growth to around 2.3 million passengers a year by fiscal 2028.

IMAGE | Relationship Executive, RAB NSW Newcastle and Hunter Valley, Commonwealth Bank – James Hodgson, CEO Newcastle Airport, Dr Peter Cock, CFO, Newcastle Airport, Allanna Ryan, and Executive Manager, Commonwealth Bank Regional and Agribusiness Banking NSW Newcastle and Hunter Valley, Paul Cragg (left-right).

Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is a significant gateway into NSW and the Hunter. As a major transport hub it is critical to economic and social infrastructure and its planned and managed growth has helped underpin the continued prosperity of the Hunter. 

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