Hobart Airport is the fastest growing capital city airport in Australia, which is good news for Tasmania. Unfortunately its 60 year old air traffic control infrastructure is no longer up to the job.
Airservices Australia classifies Hobart as a regional airport so, rather than upgrade, it has decided to implement a new automated satellite-only system - the same system it plans to roll out at other regional airports around Australia.
Infrastructure that is standard at every other capital city and major airport in Australia - such as radar and ground-based navigation - is not included. Yet the air traffic volume managed by Hobart is higher than Canberra.
(Photo from Hobart Airport Facebook)