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Newcastle’s international terminal eyes off 2025 opening


We’re only into the start of a new year but 2025 can’t come quick enough for the likes of Newcastle Airport chief executive officer Dr Peter Cock.

After several setbacks, including worker and material shortages, construction is finally progressing on the region’s international terminal at Williamtown.

The $55 million project, now six months in, will play an important role in transforming the Hunter moving forward – and open it up to the world, according to the CEO.

“Aviation is a catalyst to our economy’s growth and our region’s transition,” he said.

“We are committed to growing the airport the Hunter deserves.

“And, the facility the region warrants is one that supports industry, enables greater trade and helps create jobs well beyond tourism.

“I would like to thank the federal government for its backing to develop aviation infrastructure ($55m terminal, $66m airfield) in the area.”

Dr Cock welcomed Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King, Paterson MP Meryl Swanson, Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and other guests as they toured the site on Wednesday 17 January.

The demolition of the old terminal building is complete, columns to prop the new border agency are in, work on lift pits and underground baggage handling tunnels are underway and, just last week, a massive concrete slab was poured. 

In addition, construction of an electrical substation has started, which will allow the solar panels on the Premium Covered car park to be connected later in the year and ultimately power up to 30% of airport’s electricity.

“The people of our region are passionately behind our airport and connecting the Hunter to the rest of the globe,” Dr Cock said.

“They continue to fly from Newcastle to link to our 13 direct destinations and onto 65 destinations around the world.

“We know that the more community support we receive, the closer we get to securing our next international fights.

“I want to sincerely thank our local member, Meryl Swanson, for her tireless efforts in advocating for our airport, together with our two shareholders Port Stephens Council and City of Newcastle, and finally our banking partner Commonwealth Bank for their ongoing assistance.”

The Hunter is the sixth largest economy in the country and the upgrade and expansion of the airfield and terminal will strengthen the region with 850,000 additional visitors and approximately $12.7 billion in economic activity over the next 20 years.

“I’m delighted to visit Newcastle Airport to see the progress on the international terminal upgrade,” Ms King said.

“It will unlock greater opportunities for local tourism while better connecting residents to the world.”

The project is anticipated to create more than 500 construction jobs throughout its life and will deliver over 4,400 permanent, high-quality positions.

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Key facts

  • The Newcastle Airport Terminal Expansion is expected to be completed early 2025
  • The Australian Government is contributing $55 million in funding for the terminal expansion project
  • The airport is currently undergoing a $250 million redevelopment, including upgrades to the terminal building and runway, new Premium Covered car park, relocation of the Short Stay car park and road works on Williamtown Drive
  • The new terminal building has been designed to achieve a 5-star green star rating
  • The project is anticipated to create more than 500 construction jobs throughout its life and will provide long-term benefits for the region
  • The terminal and runway upgrade in total will create 4,410 jobs throughout the airport precinct after construction Over the next 20 years, the upgrade and expansion of the runway and terminal will strengthen the region with approximately $12.7 billion in economic activity

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