Passenger numbers at Coffs Harbour Regional Airport rose by ten per cent to 413,000 during the past 12 months – breaking all previous records.
“It’s very pleasing to see such strong growth continuing on all the major routes. To put these results into perspective, this takes us to 35,000 more passengers than our previous best year,” said Airport Manager Dennis Martin.
“Coffs Harbour is very fortunate to have regular direct flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with a choice of three major operators on the Sydney route. The airport has been growing strongly for several years now and this is expected to continue in the years ahead.
“To maintain this kind of growth, it’s important to ensure that airport infrastructure and facilities are expanded in a cost-effective and timely manner to cater for future demand.
“With that in mind, major upgrade works worth $6.5m are nearing completion at the airport to expand the aircraft parking apron to accommodate five jet aircraft, plus we are extending the terminal building to increase floor space in both the arrivals and departures areas.
“These improvements will ensure that Coffs Harbour Regional Airport is well placed to cater for expected growth over the next 10 or more years, without the need for further major infrastructure improvements.”
The current upgrades are mainly funded by the NSW Government through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.