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Darwin International Airport Master Plan and Airport Environment Strategy

Darwin International Airport is pleased to present Darwin International Aiport's 2009 Preliminary Draft Master Plan and the 2009 Preliminary Draft Airport Environment Strategy.

Darwin International Airport Pty Ltd (DIA) obtained 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 Airport Act, and a joint-user deed with the Department of Defence governs the co-located operation of DIA and Royal Australian Airport (RAAF) Base Darwin.

DIA is positioning itself as a growing international gateway to Australia and the Northern Territory and is strategically important to the growth and development of the Northern Territory's tourism, trade, business and leisure activity.

The 2009 Master Plan (MP) and the 2009 Airport Environment Strategy (AES) retain the fundamental concepts of the 1999 and 2004 MP and AES.  The changes that have been made largely reflect:

  • the developing aviation industry structure with low cost carriers, the Darwin hubbing strategy and projected growth of aviation activity;
  • the evolving airport business, the needs of business partners and community requirements;
  • the potential to diversify airport income by expanding the property portfolio; 
  • the sharpened focus on achieving more measurable environmental results.

The 20-year MP provides a 2029 development concept for long-term development for DIA as an airport with an optimal mix of aeronautical and non-aeronautical uses. The MP assists and encourages progressive, orderly and strong growth of the airport land.

The AES outlines how DIA will build on its enviornmental achievements and how DIA continues to put systems in place to meet the environmental aspirations over the next 5 years and into beyond.  The AES provides the mechanisms to both better manage the enviornmental risks, and further integrate and embed sustainable environmental management into every aspect of the airport.

In accordance with Section 79 and 124 of the Airports Act 1996 public comment is sought on both the Preliminary Draft Master Plan 2009 and Preliminary Draft Airport Environment Strategy 2009 for a period of 60 business days.

Public comment on both documents is welcome until Wednesday 14 October 2009.

The Airport and the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government will consider any written comments when finalising the Master Plan 2009 and Airport Environment Strategy 2009.


 To obtain copies of the Preliminary Drafts:

  • visit the Darwin International Airport Management Centre at 1 Fenton Court, Marrara NT 0812, between 8.30 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday to view or purchase a printed copy or pick up a free CD version;
  • call 08 8920 1811 to request a CD version to be mailed free of charge;
  • view at Darwin City (Civic Centre, Harry Chan Avenue), Casuarina (17 Bradshaw Terrace, Casuarina), and Palmerston (Goyder Square, on the Boulevard in the city centre) municipal libraries. 

Written comments can be submitted:

  • by mail to PO Box 40996, Casuarina NT 0811;
  • by email to;
  • in person to the Airport Management Centre at 1 Fenton Court, Marrara NT 0812.

Comments must be received by COB Wednesday 14 October 2009.


Further supportive information can be found by downloading the following documents:

Darwin International Airport Master Plan & Environment Strategy Preliminary Draft 2009 Summary  

"How to Comment" Information

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