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Planning

Master Plan

Darwin International Airport Pty Ltd (DIA) has a 50-year lease plus 49-year option from the Commonwealth of Australia to manage and develop Darwin International Airport under the Airports Act 1996. DIA is also a joint-user airport under the Airports Act 1996, and a joint-user deed with the Department of Defence governs the co-located operation of DIA and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin.

The Airports Act 1996 requires that DIA prepares a 20 year Master Plan to guide development of existing and proposed airport land uses and facilities, with the Master Plan renewed every 5 years.

The Master Plan includes the 5 year Airport Environment Strategy at Appendix 1.

The 2017 Master Plan was approved by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on 6 September 2017, and will apply for five years. It provides a 2037 development concept for long term development of DIA as an airport with an optimal mix of aeronautical and non-aeronautical uses. The Master Plan assists and encourages progressive, orderly and strong growth.

Please click on the following links to view the 2017 Master Plan and supporting Summary Document.

2017 Master Plan
2017 Master Plan Summary Document

 

Major Development Plan

The Major Development Plan process under the Airports Act 1996 is the development consent process for major projects at federally leased airports.

Air Traffic Control Upgrade Project

The Department of Defence and Airservices Australia have partnered to deliver the OneSKY Program, a joint solution that will bring together civil and military air traffic control under a single harmonised air traffic management system. As a result, significant upgrade is required of the existing air traffic control facilities at the airport, including construction of a new ATC tower and demolition of the existing ATC tower.

The draft Major Development Plan for the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Upgrade Project was released for the 60 business day public comment period on 24 November 2016, in accordance with the requirements of the Airports Act 1996. The public comment period closed on Monday 27 February 2017.