Hobart International Airport (HIA) in Tasmania, Australia, will undergo a major expansion and modernisation project to manage a growing number of passengers.

The airport, which welcomed more than 2.6 million passengers last year, will invest nearly A$200m ($143m) as part of its Terminal Expansion Project (TXP).

The TXP will double the size of the airport and is likely to be finished in three phases.

HIA will invest almost A$100m ($71.48m) during the initial phase, which is scheduled to be completed by December next year.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for our airport and indeed Tasmania.”

The investment will be used to expand the departures lounge and facilities, and improve airline lounges and passenger screening facilities. A swing lounge gate will also be constructed to provide international processing facilities.

The final two phases of the expansion plan, worth A$100m ($71.48m), will focus on baggage processing facilities and additional retail, food and beverage spaces. These two stages are likely to be completed by 2030.

HIA has released its preliminary draft major development plan, which outlines specific details, such as equipping existing check-in hall with additional self-service kiosks and bag drop points.

Some of the existing check-in counters will also be replaced with automated bag drop points.

Additionally, the existing security screening point will be expanded from two lanes to four.

Hobart Airport CEO Sarah Renner told The Mercury: “Our expanded terminal will not only offer a friendly Tasmanian welcome to visitors and a familiar sense of place to those arriving home, but will also provide a lasting impression for those departing our state.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for our airport and indeed Tasmania and we are proud of the role we play in connecting our locals to communities across the globe.”