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Airport Upgrades and Developments


For detailed information on the Airport Upgrade, visit the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's website. 

The current terminal building was constructed in 1994, and the upgrade is required to cater for increased passenger numbers, to improve the standard of current facilities, and provide an improved airport experience that is consistent with other regional airports, and supports our standing as a tourist destination of choice.  The existing airport building operates at capacity during peak periods, with the current departure lounge being added as a temporary facility in 2008 and only accommodating a maximum of 100 people. With the upgrade, this capacity will increase to approximately 300 people, and the expanded building will provide the opportunity for further development under the new roof area should this be required in the future.

The upgrade will double the existing floor space, increase our service capability and provide a more contemporary, comfortable and efficient facility for passengers and other airport visitors.  Importantly locals and visitors will enjoy upgrades to the flight check-in and departure areas making flying in and out of the airport a far more enjoyable experience.  This upgrade will generate investment and economic growth in the Greater Port Macquarie Region which will benefit locals and visitors alike.  As part of the upgrade, new amenities will be provided and there will be significant changes to enable ‘back of house’ operations to function more efficiently, further improving the customer experience.  Additional elements include new air conditioning, baggage reclaim services and retail facilities. The electrical supply will also be upgraded and a new reticulated sewer system installed.

Council has received $5 million in NSW Government funding through the Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund and $1.25 million in Australian Government funding through the Community Development Grants Programme. Council will contribute $1.25 million to the upgrade through the Airport Reserve.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has developed a detailed concept for a $7.5 million upgrade which is now available for viewing on Council’s website.

A development application has been submitted for the terminal upgrade works, with the Joint Regional Planning Panel making a determination on the proposal over the coming months.

Final completion of the detailed design and related approvals is expected to occur in early 2018, with a construction tender being advertised soon after.

Construction is expected to commence in 2018. Airport operations will continue as normal during this period.

For more information and to view the concept plan visit www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/terminal-upgrade.



At the June 2017 Council meeting, Council awarded a tender for the planning and design of a parallel taxiway at Port Macquarie Airport.  The new taxiway is a key component of the ongoing development of the Airport as set out in the Airport Master Plan.

The taxiway is to be located parallel to the main runway and will improve the operation of the Airport by allowing aircraft to taxi prior to takeoff or following landing clear of the runway.  The first stage of the taxiway is likely to cater for light aircraft only, with larger airline services continuing to taxi to and from the terminal building on the runway.  Future stages of the taxiway will ultimately cater for all aircraft.

At this stage the tender is for the planning and design phase only, with the timing of future construction subject to operational requirements and the availability of funding.



Council has recently completed a $21 million airside infrastructure upgrade at Port Macquarie Airport to underpin our region’s future growth, economic development and tourism potential.

The upgrade marks a significant milestone for the Airport and our local community, with the upgraded runway now providing the capability for up to 180-seat B737 / A320 aircraft for the first time in the Airport’s 60 year history.

The project was supported by $15 million in funding assistance from the Australian Government.

The upgrade represents the 1st  stage of the implementation of the Airport Master Plan, and involved the upgrade of the airside facilities (runway, taxiway and RPT apron), including:

  • strengthening, extending (by 110m to south) and widening the existing main runway 03/21 to 1800 metres long x 45 metres wide;
  • expansion of the existing regular public transport (RPT) apron (located in front of the terminal building) to provide additional parking positions for larger aircraft, including a new taxiway connection to the main runway;
  • relocation of the helicopter landing and parking area, and general aviation (GA) aircraft parking area; and
  • provision of associated infrastructure / facilities (eg runway, taxiway and apron lighting, other visual aids, drainage, line marking etc

The project was completed in December 2013.

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