Passenger numbers through Launceston Airport have increased by more than four per cent during the past financial year, to reach 1.33 million.
The success was just one of a number of significant updates stakeholders heard during a speech from Launceston Airport’s general manager Paul Hodgen on Wednesday night.
“Working with our airline customers, our ambition is to both grow overall visitation, but also our slice of the pie,” he said. “As the number of passengers travelling through the airport grows, so do the opportunities for our local producers to export their goods to interstate and overseas markets by air freight.” Mr Hodgen said the expanded airfreight operations and terminal transformation were two major developments since the last stakeholder event.
“Our 600 square metre terminal expansion with its raked timber ceiling and extensive glass façade boasts unparalleled views of our airfield and picturesque vistas to Ben Lomond National Park beyond,” he said.
“We want to make sure people arrive and depart with a strong connection to our great city and region and trust that this year’s transformative changes have significantly improved the overall visitor experience.”
It’s expected the airport will continue to drive economic growth and opportunity across northern Tasmania, Mr Hodgen said.
”With several hundred people employed by a range of different businesses related to the airport’s operations, the airport is it’s an important centre of employment and economic activity for our region,” he said.