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Hobart International Airport

Airport information
 Location of airport in Tasmania
Airport typePublic
OwnerTasmanian Gateway Consortium
OperatorHobart International Airport Pty Ltd
LocationCambridge, Tasmania
Elevation4 m (13 ft)
Statistics2009 2010
Aircraft operations29204

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Hobart International Airport is an airport located in Cambridge, 17 km (10.6 mi) east of Hobart, Tasmania. The Federal government owned airport is currently being operated on a 99 year lease to the Tasmanian Gateway Consortium. The airport has seen strong passenger growth in the last few years, primarily due to the increase in services from low-cost carriers. In the financial year of 2008 09, the airport handled 1,869,262 passengers and 14,285 air movements, making it the ninth busiest in relation to passenger numbers and currently ranks as the second fastest growing airport in Australia.

The airport maintains a conjoined international and domestic terminal. The major domestic airlines that serve the airport are Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways, all who are currently running flights on the main route to Melbourne Airport. At present, all the airlines operating at the airport utilise narrow-body aircraft. The airport plays a strategic role due to its location Skytraders conducts regular flights to Antarctica on behalf of the Australian Antarctic Division using an Airbus A319. Although the airport has not had a regular scheduled international passenger service since 1998 (to Christchurch, New Zealand), the airport maintains customs and immigration facilities for aircraft entering the country.

Hobart International Airport was opened 1956, when a review found the nearby Cambridge Aerodrome was unsuitable for Hobart's future air transport needs. Occupying approximately 565 ha (351.1 mi) of land, the airport is sited on a narrow peninsula, take-off and landing are inevitably directed over bodies of water regardless of approach/departure direction. This region-especially that immediately surrounding the Airport, remains largely unpopulated which enables the airport to operate curfew-free services.

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