Passenger flights return to Devonport Airport

Devonport Airport, which is owned and operated by TasPorts, has welcomed the return of passenger flights from today, Friday 27 November 2020.


27 November 2020

Devonport Airport General Manager Dave Race said he was pleased to see the resumption of Qantas services between Devonport and Tullamarine, Melbourne.

“Whilst we’re starting with two daily inbound flights and one service on weekends, we are strongly encouraged by this move by Qantas and anticipate that, over time, the number of services and passenger capacity will increase with demand.”

“To further support the resumption of flights, we’ve also made the decision to waive car parking fees through until Australia Day 2021 to support travellers flying out of Devonport,” Mr Race said

The COVID-19 pandemic was particularly challenging for Devonport Airport, however, the reduction in passenger movements enabled TasPorts to undertake some significant upgrades.

“Our focus has been on improving the experience for travellers at the airport, and during this time we’ve created a new departure lounge with airside views and remodelled the terminal to include a new security checkpoint for passengers,” Mr Race said.

“These upgrades represent a $650,000 investment, which included a Federal grant of $445,500 to enhance airport security measures.”

Earlier this year, further works were completed, including the remarking of the apron to increase capacity for two jets and the creation of a dedicated freight apron. Mr Race said that planning is underway for further developments for the regional airport.

“TasPorts is continuing to develop a Master Plan for Devonport Airport, which will provide a logical and staged approach to further development,” Mr Race said.

“Devonport Airport is one of Tasmania’s key regional airports and we know airports are vital to the future growth of Tasmania’s tourism and business sectors.”

All requirements under the government’s COVIDSafe framework have been implemented prior to passenger services restarting, including social distancing measures and updated baggage handling requirements, Mr Race said.

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