Simple Flying - Andrew Curran

Newcastle Williamtown is eyeing international flights after receiving funding for a swish new terminal with international passenger facilities.

The rather bare-bones international arrivals and departures facilities at Newcastle Williamtown Airport (NTL) are in for a serious upgrade after the Australian Government committed US$41 million (AU$55 million) in funding on Thursday for what's termed "a significant upgrade and expansion of Newcastle Airport’s international passenger terminal."

Newcastle Airport's spokesperson told Simple Flying the final details were still to be nutted out, but on the cards are a two-level terminal, aerobridges, new food, beverage, and retail businesses, a pedestrian plaza, and major modifications to integrate ground transport and road access. Regular Newcastle Airport users will know this is significant aviation news and a big step up from the current arrangements. Work on the terminal upgrade is expected to begin in October, and the airport is eyeing a direct link to a significant Asian hub by 2024.

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