Airport Master Plan

Learn about Darwin International Airport’s vision for the future in the latest Master Plan.


Planning for the future

Darwin International Airport Pty Ltd holds a 50-year lease (plus a 49-year option) over the Darwin International Airport site from the Commonwealth of Australia under the Airports Act 1996.

Darwin International Airport is also a joint-user airport under the Airports Act and a Joint User Deed with the Department of Defence governs the co-located operation of Darwin International Airport and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin.

The Airports Act requires that Darwin International Airport prepares a 20-year master plan, including an airport environment strategy, to guide the development of the airport site. Until recently, we were required to renew the master plan every five years; however, recent amendments to the Airports Act have extended this to every eight years.

Preliminary Draft 2023 Master Plan

The Preliminary Draft version of the Darwin International Airport 2023 Master Plan has been released for public comment.

The 2023 Master Plan is both a regulatory requirement and a strategic planning tool that outlines our vision for growth and development over the next 20 years. It also includes the airport’s environmental strategy.

The Preliminary Draft 2023 Master Plan retains the fundamental concepts of previous master plans and is the fifth master plan developed by Darwin International Airport since the airport was privatised in 1998.

Public consultation on the Preliminary Draft 2023 Master Plan is open for 60 business days until 18 December 2023.

The Preliminary Draft 2023 Master Plan is also available to view or purchase in hardcopy from our Airport Management Centre, located at: Wirraway Business Centre, Level 1, Terminal Building, Henry Wrigley Drive, Eaton NT 0820 (business hours: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm).

How to comment on the Preliminary Draft 2023 Master Plan

Comments must be received in writing, prior to the close of business on Monday 18 December 2023.

Written comments can be submitted:

  • By Email:
  • By Mail: Attention: Master Plan, Darwin International Airport, PO Box 40996, Casuarina NT 0811
  • By using the web form below


2017 Master Plan

The 2017 Master Plan was approved by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on 6 September 2017. It is available for download at the links below:

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty in the aviation industry, Darwin International Airport sought – and was granted – a 12-month extension from the Federal Minister to deliver the 2023 Master Plan. During preparation of the 2023 Master Plan, the airport sought an additional 6-month extension due to Defence considerations, which too was granted. So the previous 2017 Master Plan for Darwin International Airport remains valid until 6 March 2024.

DIA Masterplan Render