The new Ibis Hotel under construction at Mackay Airport is the first major project under its commercial land use plan. Commuter Brett Thompson says it will be “handy and timesaving”.
The new Ibis Hotel under construction at Mackay Airport is the first major project under its commercial land use plan. Commuter Brett Thompson says it will be “handy and timesaving”. Peter Holt

Airport plans to be a multi-billion-dollar investment

MACKAY Airport is set to wing its way into becoming a multi-billion-dollar investment and revenue earner for its owners after receiving State Government approval for its ambitious development plans.

It will continue to develop land for commercial enterprise to increase its annual $1.2 billion revenue.

Allowing future commercial development of the North Queensland Airports land holding will also be a boost to jobs in the city.

Chief executive officer Kevin Brown said approval of the Land Use Plan would enable Mackay Airport to develop and meet future demands of the region's aviation industry.

"It provides the development framework necessary to ensure the airport continues to play an integral role in the prosperity of central Queensland," Mr Brown said.

"An almost $1 billion redevelopment of Mackay Airport proposed over the next 20 years will ensure it continues to evolve as central Queensland's integrated multi-modal transport hub, and provide the infrastructure vital for regional development."

Already under way is construction of a $30 million hotel that will be operated by the Accor group.

Mr Brown said it would provide opportunities "to diversify the airport business mix" and bring unique new business to the region.

Key projects planned include development of dedicated aviation and commercial enterprise precincts and extension of the Terminal Business zone.

Mackay Airport general manager Rob Porter said the site would provide business opportunities for freight and logistics, mining and resources industries, retail, building and construction.

"They (developments) are expected to generate around 2100 full-time equivalent jobs," he said.



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