A plane departing from Gold Coast Airport, which has just had its new master plan approved.
A plane departing from Gold Coast Airport, which has just had its new master plan approved.

Airport master plan takes off

GOLD Coast Airport's Master Plan is set to take off after Transport Minister Anthony Albanese approved the airport's expansion last night.

The master plan outlines major investment in aviation infrastructure over the coming years suitable for increases in traffic from major events.

Gold Coast Airport forecasts that over the next 20 years it will create nearly 2500 full-time jobs, contributing to almost $2.17 billion to the local economy through the 5.5 million tourists expected to visit the region.

The airport expects to have 16 million passengers, 14 million from interstate and 2.3 million from international visitors.

Minister Albanese said he expected the airport to pick up its game with community consultation, especially with preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

"I have made it clear to the airport that it needs to communicate better with the local community in relation to aircraft noise and other issues," Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese also said the airport must be aware of its environmental impact.

"I have made it clear that the airport must ensure appropriate management of species listed under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999," he said.

Gold Coast Airport said that they will continue to consult the community.

"We will continue to work closely with and consult with our local community, taking a proactive approach to delivering world class aviation facilities with an integrated ground transport system that considers the road network, parking, public transport and pedestrian and cycling access to create a dynamic transport hub for the region."

Gold Coast Airport made it clear that the approval of the Gold Coast Airport Master Plan does not authorise any major development on the airport.

Such developments require additional community consultation and approval by the Federal Government through the Major Development Plan process.



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