North-West tourism opportunities in full flight

Devonport Airport flying high after being named as key region for half-price ticket program through the Federal Government’s new Tourism Aviation Network Support Program.


11 March 2021

Devonport Airport, which is owned and operated by TasPorts, has welcomed the Federal Government’s new Tourism Aviation Network Support Program.

Devonport Airport General Manager Dave Race said Tasmania’s North West had been given an exciting opportunity by being named as one of the destinations included in the half-price ticket program.

“The package is designed to get more people travelling domestically, which is exciting for us because Devonport Airport is a key tourism and business airport gateway to Tasmania’s North West and the Cradle Coast region,” he said.

“We hope these cheaper flights will attract more inbound traffic, which is important for regional dispersal and will be a great asset to local businesses and tourism operators.

“Devonport Airport is supportive of any initiatives that will further support businesses and operators in the North-West region. We want to see people coming to Tasmania, spending their money in our island State and enjoying themselves.”

Mr Race said there had already been an increase in demand since passenger flights returned to the Devonport Airport in November 2020.

“From the end of March, we will go from three flights a day to Melbourne to four flights a day and we are hoping to see a further increase in flights if passenger demand increase,” he said.

“We are looking forward to welcoming new passengers through our recently upgraded facilities.”


The reduction in passenger movements due to COVID-19 restrictions enabled TasPorts to undertake significant upgrades, representing a $650,000 investment, which included a Federal grant of $445,500 to enhance airport security measures.

The works included a new departure lounge with airside views, remodelling of the terminal to include a new security checkpoint for passengers, remarking of the apron to increase capacity for two jets and the creation of a dedicated freight apron.