Cessnock Airport upgrade

  • Project typeAirport upgrade
  • Project value$8,848,197
  • Contractor nameFulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd
  • Completion Date30 June 2022


Cessnock Airport is owned and operated by Cessnock City Council and is a registered aerodrome. Activities that occur at the facility include flying schools, adventure flights, scenic flights, charter flights, airport transfers, medical transfers, recreational flying and aircraft maintenance.  

In March 2019, Council applied for grant funding under the Restart NSW Growing Local Economies Fund and was advised in April 2020 that the application was successful in receiving a $6,636,100 grant for the Cessnock Airport upgrade . Council is contributing $2,212,097 towards the $8.8million project and all works must be completed by 30 June 2022, in line with the funding deed between Council and Restart NSW. 

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Scope of works

The Cessnock Airport upgrade is an exciting project comprising of:

  • a runway asphalt overlay and taxiway resealing
  • provision of new taxiway to the Eastern apron, along with additional parking space
  • a new taxiway to service the hangars accessed from De Havilland Drive
  • resealing of the western apron
  • improved fuel area access
  • lighting upgrades including PAPI for RWY17/35
  • installation of non-precision GPS approaches for RWY 17/35
  • water and sewer provision to the western apron precent
  • an upgrade to the eastern terminal building.

Some of the works require shutdowns of the main runway, which will affect access to some airport operations.  Further information on this will be provided in the coming weeks 

Council and the contractor will work closely with key stakeholders to resolve any issues and minimise disruptions with these shutdown periods.


Council was successful in receiving a $6,636,100 grant for the Cessnock Airport upgrade under the Restart NSW Growing Local Economies Fund. 

The Growing Local Economies Fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the economic growth and productivity of the state under Restart NSW.


Cessnock Airport is located at 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin