Conference centre part of Gold Coast Airport’s future vision


A conference and tech centre are part of the Gold Coast Airport’s newly released master plan which also includes the addition of a retail village and health and wellness hub.

The 2024 Preliminary Draft Master Plan outlines the strategic vision and sustainable growth objectives of the airport and surrounding precinct over the next twenty years, with a more detailed focus on the initial eight years leading up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As the country’s sixth busiest airport, Gold Coast Airport currently welcomes more than 6.2 million passengers a year, with that number is set to soar to around 13 million passengers annually by 2044.

“We want to be more than an airport, we’re committed to creating a mixed-use precinct that would further benefit the local community, with the addition of a retail village, health and wellness hub and a conference and tech centre,” said Queensland Airports CEO Amelia Evans.

“The upgrades proposed under this Master Plan are about embracing innovation and new technologies that will revolutionise air travel and enhance the customer experience.

“We’ve placed a strong focus on accessibility, ensuring the airport precinct is seamlessly connected with the rest of the city with the delivery of a public front-of-terminal plaza servicing both light and heavy rail.”

Smart aviation technologies being considered as part of the plan include biometrics enabled check-in and a fully digital passenger experience that could anticipate customer behaviour and provide personalised travel suggestions based on travel history.

The Master Plan also reflects Gold Coast Airport’s commitment to sustainability including reaching Net Zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2030.