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Old November 2nd, 2012, 05:39 PM   #81
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Yep, can't wait for HBA-PER.
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 05:01 AM   #82
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Capital city by default that there is nowhere better on this pathetic island that I live on. Regional town in any normal nomenclature. Route network not too bad for the east coast, with MEL,CBR,SYD,OOL and BNE. Just need ADL,PER,AKL,SIN to top it off nicely.
And a return to CHC too.
What about an HBA-DRW that would be a long one, but be many years away I reckon. But one day all state capitals cities will all be connected up non stop. As they will be the main hub airport for each state.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 01:29 AM   #83
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I actually think that HBA-SIN or KUL should be investigated. For an international visitor to get to Tassie at the moment, it's basically an extra few hours of waiting/flying plus up to $150 each way - after the huge time/dollar costs in getting to Australia in the first place, it is asking a bit much.

But if there was a direct flight - there would be barely any time difference in comparison to MEL-SIN/KUL... (less than an hour) and comparative similar costs (I don't know what the landing costs are in MEL compared to HBA).

SIN and KUL are major international hubs, with flights direct to most major European, Middle Eastern and Asian locations.

AirAsiaX would be an ideal carrier as they are low cost and target themselves at the private travel (as opposed to business travel) market.

With Hobart being in both the Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor top 10 cities in 2013, it is the ideal time to even run a temporary trial of such a service, perhaps weekly or bi-weekly.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 08:24 AM   #84
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SQ did run seasonal services a few years back, this was to cater for Asian students and the Asian community who lived in Hobart, however these flights have not operated in the last couple of years. I'm quite surprised that there are no flights to NZ at least a service to CHC, WLG or AKL.

HBA's charges are one of the highest in the country, MEL in comparison is the cheapest per pax, both Internationally and Domestically, however a new pricing structure is due for next year. Also it's more convenient for the people of Hobart to transfer at MEL as it is closer and has its terminals under 1 roof, with a lot of one stop options to Asia, Nth America and the Pacific. I think, IF, and this is a big IF, the Tasmanian Government subsidise D7's KUL-HBA flights, they might consider.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 05:15 AM   #85
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Hobart Airport has just posted its figures for 2012 which show that it passed the 2 million pax number for the first time in its history.

Then some blurb about how it resurfaced the runway and taxiways but nothing substantial planned for the terminal buildings.

I think the phrase, "money hungry pricks" applies to the management and owners given the dilapidated and completely unsatisfactory state of the pax terminals - it really is an embarrassment...and it calls itself a Capital City airport
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Old July 9th, 2013, 05:23 AM   #86
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Hobart Airport has just posted its figures for 2012 which show that it passed the 2 million pax number for the first time in its history.

Then some blurb about how it resurfaced the runway and taxiways but nothing substantial planned for the terminal buildings.

I think the phrase, "money hungry pricks" applies to the management and owners given the dilapidated and completely unsatisfactory state of the pax terminals - it really is an embarrassment...and it calls itself a Capital City airport
Any images of HBA? I've searched and the latest photos date back to May 2011

http://www.airliners.net/photo//0871...f2c227d6562680

http://www.airliners.net/photo//2234...f2c227d6562680

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Tasai...f2c227d6562680

http://www.airliners.net/photo//0972...f2c227d6562680
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Old August 15th, 2013, 04:23 AM   #87
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From Todays Mercury newspaper - $38 million sounds cheap for an extra 500 metres of runway....

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COALITION leader Tony Abbott has pledged $38 million for the Hobart International Airport to help secure Tasmania's reputation as the gateway to Antarctica.

The funding to build an extra 500m of runway will open a wealth of opportunities for the airport, including greater scope for international flights and the ability to take larger, heavily laden aircraft to Antarctica.

Mr Abbott will announce the funding in Hobart today as part of the Coalition's jobs and growth plan for Tasmania.

He told the Mercury yesterday the airport funding could create 200 jobs during construction. The plan is also expected to make direct links to international locations a more attractive proposition for airlines.

It will make the runway long enough to attract more Antarctic supply flights by countries such as the US.

"This project is good for growth and good for jobs," Mr Abbott said.

"It is a key part of the Coalition's plan to grow the Tasmanian economy.

"It will also reinforce Hobart's position as the global hub for Antarctic research and expeditions, and it opens up new international tourism and trade linkages."

Hobart airport has not had an international carrier using the facility since the late 1990s.

But the growth in tourists from places like China has often prompted calls for greater efforts to be made to make the airport a more attractive option for international airlines.

The number of Chinese visitors to Australia is predicted to double in the next five years to about a million tourists, pointing to a need for more direct flights to Tasmania.

Mr Abbott's announcement comes as the airport is set for a major refurbishment, including a new 75-seat Virgin Australia business lounge, after the expenditure of $30 million in the past two years on resurfacing the runway and taxiway.

The airport recorded its busiest year on record last year with two million visitors -- double the figures 10 years ago.

The funding pledge could struggle to garner criticism from Mr Abbott's opponents after the Labor State Government pushed for upgrades to the runways in an application to the Federal Government in the lead up to the 2010 election.

At the time the State Government pitched for a 300m extension that it said would make the airport the main link to Antarctica
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Hobart-China flights to begin this year? Apparently they held talks with CA, CZ, MU & 3U about new services. CZ is likely however I just don't see it in the near future, CA, MU & 3U would be very hesitant. CA doesn't look very interested expanding outside MEL & SYD at the moment, while MU is starting to look at other destinations however wants to work on its existing cities and 3U has just started and recently celebrated its 1st anniversary in MEL and only launched SYD not too long ago.

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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:10 AM   #89
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Apparently the Fed Govt has signed a Letter of Comfort (which is essentially an IOU) with the consortium which owns the airport to permit detailed planning to proceed for the runway extension.

On the basis of the Letter of Comfort and work which has already been done, we are likely to see the runway extension opened in early 2016. I am told that the plans are for a 200 metre extension at the Northern end and a 300 metre extension at the Southern end.

Cost is around $40 million including apron and taxiway works and associated infrastructure. Hopefully, we will get some proper plans shortly once the public comment phase of the project begins later in the year.

Of course, the bigger question is will anyone actually use it? Lots of talk, but I will be waiting to see some nitrogen filled rubber on the tarmac..
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:39 AM   #90
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Of course, the bigger question is will anyone actually use it? Lots of talk, but I will be waiting to see some nitrogen filled rubber on the tarmac..
One thing is for sure, and that is no one is ever going to use it if it's not done! Every time the topic comes up the ability to handle large aircraft is the stumbling block. Definitely a much needed upgrade to our tourism infrastructure.
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Old March 27th, 2014, 02:33 AM   #91
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A Thomson Charted 757 (?) arrived at Hobart yesterday with a load of 200 Hawaiins on board keen to sample the delights on offer in the Tasmanian capital...also heard that the proposed extension to Hobart's main runway has already triggered great interest amongst the local Chinese population who are already agitating for non stop Hobart China flights to start as soon as it is finished.


Look - photographic evidence - sorry for the grainy image courtesy of the Mercury Newspaper. Now left Hobart and gone to Adeaide.

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Old March 27th, 2014, 06:25 AM   #92
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I just cant see anything more than occasional charters happening to Tasmania from China. The market is too small to sustain regular flights IMHO.

It would be great to develop the market though with some charter flights. Tasmania is an excellent destination.

Its sad that even SQ doesn't operate its charters as it once did. Its even more amazing that no NZ flights are operated into/from Tasmania.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 02:09 AM   #93
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From the Hobart Mercury - looks like the knives are out for the airport expansion already!

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THE $38 million plan to extend the Hobart International Airport runway is already facing some significant challenges.
The airport has been unable to rule out having to close Surf Rd, which runs alongside Seven Mile Beach at the ocean end of the runway.

And conservationists have raised concerns that an internationally recognised wetland at the Pitt Water end will need to be carefully considered when designing the new runway.

Airport staff have previously stated the runway could be built within airport land. But when contacted by the Mercury an airport spokeswoman was unable to rule out the need to close Surf Rd.

The Mercury understands that closing the road, and providing an alternative, is being considered by the airport.

There is also speculation there are some concerns about erosion of local sand dunes.

“Design work and all the related studies for the runway extension will commence next financial year, when the grant funding becomes available and the weather study currently being undertaken is complete,” the spokeswoman said.

“Public consultation will be held as part of the major development plan process and is expected to commence late this calendar year once all the studies have been undertaken and the preferred design finalised.”

In February a $15 million golf course development near the airport was effectively rejected by the Clarence City Council after concerns about coastal erosion, the impact on the water table and the proximity to the airport.

Any moves to change access on Surf Rd are expected to meet fierce local opposition.

Birdlife Tasmania chairman Eric Woehler told the Mercury he had concerns about the Pitt Water end of the runway where there is a “wetland of international significance”. He said the wetland was used mainly by migratory shorebirds that migrated between Siberia and Tasmania.

“These birds are protected by international and federal agreements,” he said.

Dr Woehler said there were concerns the public consultation, scheduled for the end of this year, not be rushed through to complete the project by 2015 as planned.
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From the Hobart Mercury - looks like the knives are out for the airport expansion already!
Gees you guys are quick!

Talking about closing Surf Rd - can't they just rebuild it as an underpass?

And if there is concern about the Pitt Water end, can't they just leave that end, and extend over the water at the Surf Rd / Frederick Henry Bay end?
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There always happens to be an internationally significant wetland, bushland, habitat, migratory, feeding, owl, frog, bird, dog, cat, or hippopotamus right in the exact spot where someone wants to develop something in Tasmania that could make life tolerable for anyone not lucky enough to be on the government take. Every time. I'll bet if someone did an audit of my suburban backyard they'd find something rare, endangered, and important...
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SOUTHERN Tasmanian Councils Authority chairman Damon Thomas remains confident the prospects of direct flights from China into Hobart remain on track – most likely in time for Chinese New Year next February – but says a co-ordinated approach between key government and industry figures is essential to making it happen.

Ald Thomas, who is also Hobart’s Lord Mayor, said the position taken by the authority’s 12 leaders was to vigorously promote the tourism, economic and social value of increased air access into southern Tasmania.

“We have been authorised by our 12 mayors to do everything within our power to work with our Government, with the Chinese Government and with their airlines to increase the air capacity into what is effectively Greater Hobart’s airport,” he said.
So these flights aren't dependent on the runway extension then?
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So these flights aren't dependent on the runway extension then?
Wagners could build a lovely runway extension for Hobart, so long as light regulatory approval from councils is the only requirement!
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Latest on the Hobart Airport Runway Extension - Tenders called for construction quotes - from the Hobart Mercury today.

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TENDERS have been called for the 500m runway extension project at the Hobart International Airport — despite a delay in the signing of a funding agreement with the Federal Government for the project.

Last year a spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss said the $38 million over four years funding agreement was expected to be signed by the end of 2014. But a spokeswoman for Mr Truss yesterday said the agreement was “nearing completion’’.

“Once the funding agreement is executed payments can be made in accordance with the agreement,’’ the spokeswoman said.

Hobart International Airport Pty Ltd would contribute $2 million to the project, which is expected to create 200 jobs.

HIAPL advertised an open tender for provision of professional design services for the landside package of the project yesterday.

Interested companies are expected to supply evidence of suitable expertise as well as an indicative price by February 6.

The tender also includes infrastructure to cater for international flights, believed to be taxiways and lighting systems.

The 2014 Federal Budget contained $5.5 million for the project in 2014-15.

The Coalition’s Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania released before the 2013 election said that the airport funding was contingent on Hobart International Airport entering into commercial negotiations for an agreement for regular international flights to Hobart by an overseas international carrier.

Other triggers were an agreement for use by large Antarctic research aircraft or negotiations for international charter flights.

Mr Truss’s spokeswoman said Hobart Airport was contin*uing these discussions.

The Sunday Tasmanian recently reported Chinese airlines had ruled out flying to Hobart. Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Air New Zealand have previously ruled themselves out.

Last May a spokesman for Mr Truss indicated initiating discussions — rather than a firm commitment by an international airline — may be enough for the funding to be delivered. Public consultation on the extension is expected in the first half of this year.
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Old January 14th, 2015, 06:43 AM   #99
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What's the tourism industry in Tasmania like outside of Australia? It could have a lot of potential, but I do wonder if it is still somewhat undeveloped. I recall Tasmania having a thriving boutique food and liquor drinking culture, such as that whiskey that won the award last year.
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Tasmania is rated pretty highly and Hobart, in particular, has garnered a lot of attention internationally since the opening of MONA a few years back. Lonely Planet regularly puts it in its top 10 or 20 places to visit world wide.

Plans or construction is currently underway in Hobart for at least 4 new hotels - one nearly 300 rooms - to cope with expected domestic and international tourists so it is starting to gain some traction. The Chinese Presidents visit in November has also kick started some interest too.

And, yes, the whiskey is excellent but so is the salmon, truffles and other produce so there is a lot going for it.
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