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Northern Tasmania in midst of surging airfreight demand

Passenger travel and airfreight demand have experienced massive increases at Launceston Airport across 2024

Australia Post’s upgrade to an A321 freighter is paying dividends in Tasmania’s airfreight industry, with massive increases in Launceston’s online shopping habits paving the way for the new plane to prove its worth.

There has been a dramatic increase in passenger traffic at Launceston Airport, with a record of almost 640,000 passengers heading through the airport across the first five months of this year.

Alongside that massive increase in passenger traffic, though, is a huge upturn in demand for airfreight services in the state. A demand Launceston Airport CEO Shane O’Hare says should not be underestimated.

“Being an island state, Tasmanians are acutely aware of the role aviation plays in connecting us to the mainland,” O’Hare says.

“We often celebrate increased passenger capacity on flights, but this investment in Tasmania by Qantas and Australia Post is a reminder that air freight plays an equally important role.

“We are proud to have doubled our direct services to the mainland since the pandemic which have provided vital connections for our community, whether that be in the form of a seat on a plane or a last-minute birthday gift.”

Australia Post executive general manager network operations Rod Barnes says the addition of the A321 freighter to Launceston Airport’s airfreight fleet has helped foster the development of one of Tasmania’s most productive eCommerce areas.

“Launceston has experienced substantial eCommerce growth of 72.4 per cent since 2019, and additional capacity from our newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft will be crucial in supporting the ongoing expansion of online shopping in the region.

“With capacity to carry up to 21.3 tonnes of freight, equivalent to around 21,000 parcels, this freighter will allow us to streamline our services while supporting our commitment to a more sustainable future.

“Australia Post continues to invest in its infrastructure and facilities to ensure we provide better and reliable deliveries for our customers around Australia.”

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