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About the Airport

The Hamilton Airport is located north of the Hamilton CBD on Hensley Park Road.

The recent $5.2 million upgrade at the Hamilton Airport included an upgrade to the terminal, strengthening and resealing of the apron and taxiways, a new LED apron and runway lighting system including floodlighting of the apron, new office buildings, expansion of the car park and installation of a Precision Approach Path Indicator System (PAPI) to provide guidance information to help pilots acquire and maintain the correct approach. The upgrade also included the extension of the existing North/South runway to a length of 1700m. The runway extension allows for larger aircraft to land, bringing a wide range of benefits to the region including increased employment and investment, as well as improved social and community opportunities.

The work were part of Council’s adopted master plan for the airport and also part of the Council Plan 2013-17. The master plan is designed to stimulate tourism and other economic activity and bring the facilities up to contemporary aviation standards, while meeting emergency service requirements and better utilising Council’s strategic asset.

Returning Passenger Air

Council is one-step closer to re-instating a regular passenger air service from Hamilton Airport but needs commitment from the community to make it a reality.

A recent survey of local businesses and industry conducted by Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Unit demonstrated strong support for the return of a regular air service, along with a growing database of prospective passengers. This survey feedback was presented to several airlines, and Airlines of Tasmania (also known as Par Avion) indicated that it is willing to conduct a six-month conditional trial.

Par Avion is proposing to operate an eight-passenger aircraft, between Hamilton and Melbourne for three return services a week. For a six-month trial, this means around $300,000 in flights would need to be pre-paid to underwrite the service. Par Avion would establish a third party trust allowing the payments to be drawn down as flights over the six month trial.

“Hamilton plays an important role as regional centre in the South West offering the necessary social and physical infrastructure to support growth and offers a variety of lifestyle possibilities. We believe a regular passenger service is necessary to further support the many possibilities the Greater Hamilton region has to offer”.

Ticket prices per-sector would be $149 one-way or $298 return. Any pre-paid tickets would be unrestricted. Normal ticketing is expected to be $149 one-way restricted and $199 one-way unrestricted.

It is expected that the trial would be conducted on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday however these days will be confirmed with potential customers prior to the commencement of the service.

Essendon Airport currently operates a mini-bus between Essendon Airport and Tullamarine Airport to connect passengers to domestic and international flights and negotiations are currently underway to extend that service to the Melbourne CBD.

Find a copy of the prospectus here or to pledge your support, please contact Hugh Koch, Manager Economic Development and Tourism on hkoch@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au, 03 5573 0238 or 0409 797 446

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