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For commercial opportunities at Alice Springs Airport please contact Rob Price on telephone +61 8 8951 1208 or email rob.price@ntairports.com.au.

Development opportunities

As one of the largest airports in Australia by land area, a wide and interesting variety of uses are available at Alice Springs Airport. These cover the spectrum from airport and aviation related activities to camel grazing, horticulture, commercial activities and light industrial opportunities.

The old terminal building is a purpose-built courier facility for freight operators with undercover all-weather facilities, secure storage and ease of access.  Some space to the western end of the building with both landside and airside access is available for development.

Inside the terminal building, office and retail space are available.  Areas suitable for retail development include the departure lounge and a café area near the arrival carousel.  Fully developed offices ranging from 20m2 are currently available on the ground floor with larger areas suitable for development above ground floor.

Approval is held under our Master Plan for the development of a further ten hangar sites to the western side of the current General Aviation (GA) building line.

Future prospects include horticulture, residential development, together with continual expansion of aircraft related services.

Alice Springs Airport Master Plan 2015

The Master Plan provides a framework that will guide the airport’s development until 2035. As a key economic contributor for the region, it’s important that Alice Springs Airport can respond to the changing needs of its business partners and the local community as they build for the future. 

Final Airport Master Plan

The Alice Springs Airport 2015 Final Airport Master Plan including Environment Strategy was approved by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development on 1st October 2015.

The 2015 Master Plan retains the fundamental concepts of the previous three Master Plans developed since privatisation of the airport in 1998. The changes that have been made largely reflect the modest growth projections, the evolving airport business, and the needs of our business partners. The five year Airport Environment Strategy continues the strong environmental management regime established by the preceding three Environment Strategies.

This 20 year Master Plan provides a 2035 development concept for the 3550 hectare airport site with aeronautical and commercial uses.

Alice Springs Airport

Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, is a thriving regional hub with regular air services connecting it to each state capital. With a population of 28,000, the town acts as a major service centre for communities across 551,000 square kilometres.

Alice Springs Airport (ASA) is located 15 kilometres south of the town centre. The airport covers a land area of 3,550 hectares, making it one of Australia’s largest airport in terms of land area with considerable opportunities for future growth and expansion.

Welcoming more than 500,000 passengers a year, ASA supports and sustains Central Australia by working with the tourism industry, connecting Territory communities and providing essential facilities for the aviation and defence industries.

What is a Master Plan?

ASA is committed to delivering economic and social benefits to the Central Australian region. Its 2015 Master Plan will give the direction needed to ensure these aims are met.

Master Plans are prepared by all of Australia’s major airports to provide stakeholders with a guide to their long-term growth and development. A statutory requirement, the document is prepared every five years as outlined in the Commonwealth Airports Act 1996 (the Act). It covers future aeronautical development, land use planning, property aims, and a strategy for environmental management.

The Master Plan is drafted following consultation with key community, business and government stakeholders, and its approval is subject to public comment and review by the federal government. 

Key Features: 2015 Master Plan

Aviation Activity Forecasts

It’s projected that by 2035, the number of annual passenger movements at ASA will increase from 580,000 to 750,000. ASA’s General Aviation (GA) sector is essential for providing services to remote communities and is made up of roughly 45 aircraft. From now until the end of the planning period combined airline and GA aircraft movements are expected to grow from 19,000 to 27,000 movements per year.

Social, Economic and Regional Significance

The airport currently supports 664 jobs and contributes $129 million to the Northern Territory’s Gross State Product (GSP). By 2035, the number of people employed directly or indirectly by ASA will have grown to 889, and the airport will be adding $175 million to the NT economy.

Airport land use

Land use planning is fundamental to an Airport Master Plan and is highlighted in the Act. ASA’s 2015 Master Plan:

Ensures there is adequate land for expanding aviation activity.
Reflects the significant long-term development potential of the airport.
Has been developed in alignment with the NT Planning Scheme.

Commercial development

The airport lease area covers 3550 hectares and is one of the largest in the country. Approximately 1930 hectares are available for commercial use, and possible future developments include offices, showrooms, warehousing, large format retail and workshops.

Development objectives

The airfield and terminal infrastructure at ASA is capable of accommodating forecast growth in aircraft movements and passenger activity, aviation support facilities, and commercial developments. ASA has established a range of development objectives to guide its planning, including building the airport’s contribution to the economic growth of the Territory; ensuring a long-term view to ensure an optimal mix of uses; and integrating environmental considerations into all development.

Airport Environment Strategy

The Airport Environment Strategy (AES) guides the continual improvement of environmental management at ASA, and provides a framework for assessing compliance with the relevant legislation. The AES is used to ensure environmental considerations are integrated into development by laying out procedures and environmental action plans that can guide development processes.

 

Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage

For information about Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage at Alice Springs Airport, please download the brochure:

Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage brochure (PDF)

Building Approvals

A building permit is required before any building activity or earth works can be commenced.

All construction principles, methods and materials must conform to the Building Code of Australia 2001 and any subsequent amendments. Environmental implications and impacts of the development should be considered.

All building permit plans require approval from the Fire and Emergency Services of Australia (FESA).

The Airport Building Controller (ABC), as representative for the Department of Transport and Regional Services, issues all building permits. The ABC assesses the proposal for conformance to the Building Code of Australia 2001 and requires Alice Springs Airport consent prior to issuing the building permit.

View building approvals

Resources for contractors and operators

Download Site Rules for Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airport

Landscaping Guidelines - Prohibited and Restricted Plant Species

Landscaping Strategy for Reducing the Risk of Fire

Environment Management Handbook

Spill Management Handbook

Environment Information Sheet - Mosquito Surveillance and Control

Health and Safety policy