Canberra set to become 24-hr air freight hub

Australia’s minister for infrastructure and regional development Warren Truss has approved Canberra Airport’s new Master Plan, setting out the gateway’s strategic direction for the next 20 years.


Canberra set to become 24-hr air freight hub


Australia’s minister for infrastructure and regional development Warren Truss has approved Canberra Airport’s new Master Plan, setting out the gateway’s strategic direction for the next 20 years.

The new plan includes an intention to use its 24-hour status to become Sydney’s freight airport.

Truss said the plan targets, “the longawaited commencement of flights to international destinations and by lowcost carriers” from Canberra. The new Canberra Airport master plan will give it the capacity to take freight flights over a 24-hour period and most controversially, the plan sets out the airport’s intention to take on Sydney’s freight traffic which the airport say will equate to economic stimulus and 1,000 jobs.

The freight hub is expected to begin operations in five to seven years time, starting with two to three freighter aircraft a night, “growing to five aircraft within three years of commencement,” Truss said. This could expand “indefinitely” into the future, according to the plan, which also includes a new air traffic control tower and an expansion of airline catering, maintenance and freight businesses at the southern end of Pialligo precinct.