The $850,000 project is set to accommodate international passengers with the addition of security, passport and border force equipment.
International flights arriving and departing from Newcastle will provide convenience and economic benefits to surrounding areas, including the Central Coast, Hunter, and Mid North Coast.
Economic benefits from the upgrade include:
- Up to 180 jobs created in construction phase of the project
- Up to 375 jobs created once the project is completed
- Hunter Region economic output estimated to rise by up to $147 million
- Wages and salaries boosted by up to $29 million.
NSW Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance said Newcastle Airport is recognised as one of the fastest growing airports in NSW and making it ready for international flights is the next smart step.
“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,” Mr Constance said.
Construction of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.