Cessnock Airport upgrade

  • Project typeAirport upgrade
  • Project value$8,848,197
  • Project scheduleCompletion date TBC
  • Contractor nameFulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd

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Cessnock Airport is located at 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin. It 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 $6,636,100 for the Cessnock Airport upgrade. Council is contributing $2,212,097 towards the $8.8million project.

This project forms part of Council's Operational Plan. You can find it within the Operational Plan with the Project ID PRA 2020 006.

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.

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

To date, Fulton Hogan have established a construction site on the western side of the airport and sewer, and runway and lighting works are scheduled to commence early February 2022 when the first of two shutdowns start on 1 February and conclude on 10 February. A second and longer shut down is planned for April, with all works due to be completed by July 2022.


A stakeholder engagement session was held at the airport with operators in December 2021 so that Council, GHD and Fulton Hogan could provide important information on the upgrade and discuss how the works would impact operations. The session was well attended and Council committed that regular information would be provided to stakeholders as works progress.


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.