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Expansion Project


As at June 2018 annual passenger numbers for the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BBGA) hit 529,000. This figure has grown dramatically from 272,000 in June 2010 reflecting a growth rate of about 8.00% per annum.

BBGA is now the third busiest airport in New South Wales after Sydney and Newcastle.

Additionally for the past few years the Federal Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has ranked BBGA in the top 10 out of the 50 largest regional airports in Australia based on passenger numbers.

To cater with this rapid increase in growth and provide an improved travelling experience for passengers, Ballina Shire Council recently gave the go ahead to expand and upgrade the BBGA passenger terminal and carpark.

This project has been allocated $4.5 million from the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Program, established under the Restart NSW fund, and $2.4 million in loan funding from Ballina Shire Council.

The growth in passenger numbers and the expansion of the airport is critical to increasing tourism, employment and business opportunities within the Northern Rivers Region. Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is committed to building community and economic development of the Region.


The building contractor Woollam Constructions has commenced works, which are expected to be completed in mid-2019.

The construction works will be undertaken in four stages to ensure the ongoing operation of the terminal building and minimise disruption to passengers.

Time Lapse Footage – To see the current works taking place in stage 2 please view our video which will be updated very few weeks.

Stage 2 Factsheet – please click here for the latest July 2018 factsheet terminal, parking, drop off and pick-up area changes. 

Social Media Updates – For the latest expansion news please also stay in touch with our Facebook page



Media Release – 1st May, 2018
Media Release – 25th July, 2018

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