The Queensland Government has announced it has granted planning approval for the $1 billion, 20-year redevelopment plan of the Cairns Airport.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney announced the approval of the Cairns Airport Land Use Plan, which provides for the long term growth of airport activities, including international, domestic, regional, general aviation, engineering, maintenance facilities, freight and logistics.

“Cairns Airport is one of Queensland’s most strategically important infrastructure assets,” Mr Seeney said.  
“The city is a key international tourist destination, a gateway to Asia and is of regional significance.
“This plan recognises Cairns Airport’s role as a centre of economic activity for the far north Queensland community, generating jobs and helping to diversify the employment market.”

“While the economic benefits of the redevelopment are clear, the diversification of the commercial precinct also has the potential to generate high traffic volumes, and put pressure on existing infrastructure.
“I have requested that airport owners North Queensland Airports Group and the Department of Transport and Main Roads work together to ensure any necessary road infrastructure upgrades are properly considered.”

While the plan will not account for the construction of a second runway in the immediate future, Mr Seeney said that the Government would be open to performing a ‘rigorous assessment’ if needed.