Townsville Airport's Master Plan Approved by Federal Government

May 14, 2024

The 2023 Townsville Airport Master Plan has been given the green light by the Federal Government for the expansion of the airport terminal and development of the surrounding precinct.

The plan outlines Townsville Airport’s strategic vision and growth objectives over the next twenty years, with a more detailed focus on the initial eight years.

As the eleventh busiest airport in the country, with more than 400 flights a week, Townsville Airport is a crucial gateway for the region’s tourism, mining and defence sectors, generating more than $400 million in economic contribution to the region and supporting in excess of 2,500 full-time jobs.

Forecasts in the Master Plan include the planning of international services by 2025, contributing to predicted annual passenger numbers of 3.7 million by 2043 – more than double today’s figures.

There will also be the establishment of a new gateway precinct, designed to create a sense of arrival to the airport.  It will include an airport hotel along with modern retail, food and beverage offerings to serve visitors, staff and nearby residents.

Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) CEO Amelia Evans said investing in the airport now was crucial to support the region’s anticipated growth over the next two decades.

“The next twenty years will be a critical growth period for the Townsville North Queensland region, with a predicted population boom of 38% set to see resident numbers soar to more than 325,000,” Ms Evans said.

“We believe in the strength of the Townsville North Queensland region, which is why we’ve invested more than $22 million in upgrades over the past three years.

“Our 2023 Townsville Airport Master Plan will guide the strategic development of airport facilities, infrastructure and land usage over the next two decades, ensuring we’re in a position to support predicted passenger growth and deliver economically for the region,” she said.

“We’re also on a journey to reach net zero by 2030, including new initiatives aimed atreducing emissions such as the installation of additional solar panels, energy efficient lighting and the purchase of electric vehicles.

“More broadly, we’re preparing for the transition to lower carbon aviation practices such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) with the recently announced production plant in Townsville set to be operational by as soon as 2026,” Ms Evans added.

The full Townsville Airport Master Plan is available to view on the website -