Regional airport concept

Current status

Studies (in 2015) into population growth projections, passenger demand forecasts and economic impact have shown that a regional airport is essential infrastructure for the Central Coast's growth. 

After investigating a number of sites, Council decided on 28 October 2015 to progress with plans to establish a small regional airport, to be developed in stages, at Warnervale Aerodrome.

The estimated cost of developing Warnervale Aerodrome into a regional airport would be around $50 million, create over 600 jobs and inject a significant boost into the local economy.

Such an airport would be smaller than that originally investigated at a site at Kiar Ridge, and eventually allow for 450,000 passenger movements per annum. This would be similar in size and capacity to Ballina Regional Airport.

Council is now implementing the necessary steps to ensure the proposed airport delivers on expectations from the community, business and the aeronautical industry. 

Why plan for a regional airport on the Central Coast? 

It is estimated that a regional airport at Warnervale Aerodrome in Wyong Shire would provide a significant economic boost to the Central Coast economy, create 600 jobs, and boost tourism.  See how regional airports help boost local economies

Why this location?  

Thorough due diligence through a range of studies have led to the selection of this location.  See more about the airport's proposed location.

How big will the airport be?

This is a concept for a smaller regional airport with one runway that would service the needs of the growing population of the Central Coast. See more about the airport size.

What happens next?

We are at the start of a very long and complex process that will have many studies and stages of community involvement.  Read about what has happened so far and what steps are ahead?

Links to key documents