Prime Minister Anthony Albanese recently visited Newcastle Airport for the official ceremony for the Terminal Expansion Project.
The event marks the beginning of construction for the project, which will enhance the airport’s capacity, efficiency, and overall user experience.
Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock says the transformative construction project is a critical part of delivering the airport the region deserves.
“Aviation is a catalyst to our economy’s growth and our region’s transition,” Peter said.
“Newcastle Airport is committed to growing the airport the region deserves. As the sixth largest economy in the country, the people of our region are passionately behind our airport and connecting the Hunter to the rest of the world.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister and all the Albanese Government for their ongoing support and commitment to our vision for Newcastle Airport.”
Peter acknowledged the combined effort necessary to get the terminal expansion to this point.
“We want to sincerely thank our local member, Meryl Swanson, for her tireless efforts in advocating for our airport,” Peter said.
“Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon, and Member for Shortland, Pat Conroy, have also been very supportive and it’s great that they can attend the event.
“We thank them, as well as our state MPs and local government representatives, for their ongoing support and advocacy for Newcastle Airport and the people of the Hunter.”
Member for Paterson, Meryl Swanson, whose electorate encompasses the Newcastle Airport, said the terminal expansion will be transformational.
“We are getting on with the job of delivering on our $55 million election commitment to contribute to the upgrade of international terminal facilities at Newcastle Airport,” Peter said.
“The upgraded international terminal will be transformational for the whole Hunter region – for the aviation sector, for local tourism and for communities.”
Newcastle Airport’s Executive General Manager of Marketing and Communication, Burcak Sezar said the Newcastle Airport team and Cox Architects have worked closely with stakeholders to develop a terminal that is uniquely reflective of Newcastle and the Hunter.
“The design incorporates the sand dunes, our beaches, and the iconic Hunter Valley in the design and colours,” Burcak said.
“The new terminal is also deliberately inclusive, from including the stories of the Worimi people, to welcoming people with disabilities.
“We want people in our airport to know they are in Newcastle Airport. We want the people of the Hunter to feel that this is our airport and use it with pride.
“And we’re confident this unique design achieves that and delivers a stress-free experience for passengers.
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.