Darwin International Airport (DIA) incorporates 87 hectares of undeveloped airport property, which is high value land adjacent to that required for aviation-related and ancillary support uses.
DIA is well-situated as the gateway to both the city of Darwin and the Northern Territory, which in turn is well-situated geographically, politically and economically for dynamic opportunities in the Asia Pacific region.
The 87 hectares of undeveloped land have been divided into four broad land uses:
1. business park;
2. service industry;
3. airport business;
4. tourist facilities.
Business park: facilitates commercial and business development benefiting from a location close to the airport and central to Darwin’s northern suburbs. This area provides sites with good vehicular access to the arterial road network and internal airport roads, and allows for a range of land uses and lot sizes.
Service industry: encourages and facilitates service and light industry requiring a location close to the airport. This area provides large sites with services and good vehicular access and allows for a range of land uses.
Airport business: encourages the development of a range of commercial/business enterprises. This land ensures a central and convenient location for gateway commercial development, adjacent to the main access roads to and from the terminal precinct with good access to the arterial road network.
Tourist facilities: encourages viable tourist/visitor development allowing for land uses, including retail and trading, retail food outlets, convention/function facilities, sports and recreation, hotel/resort and office/administration.
Major business developments initiated at the airport include the development of a hangar and office facility for Airnorth (Darwin’s largest regional airline), office and laboratory development for Department of Environment and Heritage, building of the ABC Childcare facility accommodating 75 children and situated on the corner of one of the airport’s access roads, building of Darwin Airport Resort which is a hotel/resort development situated in the tourist precinct within close proximity to the airport’s terminal facility, Bunnings Warehouse situated within the airport's business park and new buildings to house both Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).
Darwin International Airport is an important generator of employment and economic development with a well-established aviation infrastructure for the ongoing operations of an international airport providing for future growth.
Land within the airport boundaries, not required for aeronautical use, is ideally located for commercial development and will help provide a significant economic boost to the Darwin economy.