The Governments of Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) in Australia have partnered with the Gold Coast Airport to construct a new southern entryway.

Queensland has pledged to provide A$6.5m ($4.7m) for the project, which is expected to create a new entry point to the airport precinct on the border of the two states. This will reduce the pressure on the Gold Coast Highway-Terminal Drive intersection.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said: “Before Covid-19 arrived, the Gold Coast Airport was the sixth busiest airport in Australia, with about 6.4 million people passing through its gates each year.

“Even with the drop off in flights, there are still more than 2,000 people employed in the airport precinct, making it one of the largest employment hubs on the Gold Coast.

“The Gold Coast Airport is the closest major airport for a large catchment of people in NSW, so it makes sense to build a new southern entryway which will take the pressure off the northern entrance at Tugun.

“This project also adds to the planning our government is doing for future light rail and heavy rail services to meet at the airport.”

The Queensland government plans to immediately provide A$375,000 ($271,240) for the planning and design of the new access road and intersection. It is currently in talks with the NSW government to split the cost of the project, which is estimated to be A$12m ($8.67m).

Last November, Gold Coast Airport awarded a contract to Smiths Detection for its advanced computed tomography (CT) screening systems.

In March 2019, Lendlease won a contract for the southern terminal expansion project at Gold Coast Airport in Australia.