Construction projects of all sizes come with their own set of challenges, and our terminal expansion is no different. While we are navigating some delays, driven in part by supply chain issues, the project is well underway and steadily progressing.
We are now anticipating the terminal to be complete by early 2025, a few months later than originally planned. Despite this adjustment in timing, we remain confident in the profoundly positive impact this expansion will have on our region.
Importantly, our focus extends beyond the terminal. We are currently in the midst of a $250M (approx.) program of works taking place across the entire Newcastle Airport site. Car parking upgrades have already been successfully completed, while supporting infrastructure upgrades and roadworks are in progress, including the RAAF airfield works.
This holistic approach signifies a once-in-a-generation complete refresh of our facilities and reflects our commitment to providing a world-class airport experience. Our last expansion occurred just eight years ago, a testament to the rapid growth of the Hunter region. We have expanded not only in terms of infrastructure but also in destinations, growing from 6 to 13 in the last few years to better serve our community.
We know the people of our region are excited about the ease and convenience of flying internationally from Newcastle Airport. Conversations with airlines remain positive and proactive, with significant interest in our expansion plans.
We are enthusiastic about what the future holds and we thank you for your continued support as we work to enhance and deliver the airport the region deserves.