Return of international flights to Hobart

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The Australian Government welcomes today’s return of international passenger flights to Hobart.

After their temporary suspension due to COVID-19 in July 2021, the return of twice weekly flights from Hobart to Auckland provides a welcome boost to tourism and trade throughout Tasmania.

The Australian Government is supporting the return of these flights by providing border services at Hobart Airport.

This support will complement the Australian Government’s commitment to upgrade and strengthening Hobart Airport’s runway, taxiway and apron facilities, allowing the airport to service long-distance freight and wide-body international flights in the future.

When complete, this project will bring more tourists to Tasmania and more Tasmanian produce to the world.

This project is expected to support over 1,200 jobs in Hobart alone.

Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“Airports are essential infrastructure that create jobs and grow opportunities.

“By helping reopen direct international flights and by investing in upgrading and strengthening the runway the Australian Government is partnering with Hobart Airport to build a better future for all Tasmanians.”

Quotes attributable to Trade and Tourism Minister Don Farrell:

“Australians are spending more time and more money on holidays in Tasmania.

“This domestic tourism is important, and the return of international flights and visitors is the crucial next step in the recovery of the state’s tourism sector from the impacts of the pandemic.”

Quotes attributable to Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil:

“Welcoming international flights back into Hobart Airport, with the support of border services, will encourage more visitors.

“The Australian Border Force will be on hand at Hobart to welcome visitors and provide immigration and customs clearance.

“And with the removal of the Digital Passenger Declaration yesterday, flying into Hobart will be much quicker and easier.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins:

“The return of these flights is a big win for our state and I know Tasmanians will be excited to welcome back New Zealanders.

“The Australian Government is backing more opportunities for our state’s tourism and export industries with the funding to upgrade Hobart Airport runway.”


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