Sustainable design and environmental impacts are a large focus of the Gold Coast Airport's new master plan.
State minister for infrastructure and transport, Anthony Albanese, announced today (May 16) that he had approved a plan for the airport going forward over the next 20 years.
One of the main features of the updated strategy is to support the sustainable development of surrounding areas.
Mr Albanese said he was careful to take local considerations into account and that efforts will be made to ensure the environment will be protected going into the future.
"I am also aware of the community's concerns about environmental issues, particularly at Coolangatta Creek," he stated.
"I have made it clear that the airport must ensure appropriate management of species listed under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999."
The new strategy also includes detailed information about the short-term plan for the next five years and an updated ground transport scheme.
Improvements seem to be well underway across the board at the airport, with the establishment having announced a new 'fly thru' service in partnership with AirAsia X in March.
The airport's chief operating officer Paul Donovan said that this new service will create a quicker, easier connection between the Gold Coast and certain Asian destinations including Hanoi and Phnom Penh.