The almost $10 million airport terminal upgrade has started with construction to take place in two stages to minimise disruption.
The project, funded by three tiers of government, will double the size of the airport terminal building to cater for future growth.
Passengers can look forward to an expanded check-in area, expanded departures and arrivals areas, expanded security screening areas and expanded and improved baggage claim area with a baggage claim carousel.
The new-look terminal building will have air conditioning throughout and visitors will be able to connect their devices to Wi-Fi.
Mayor Peta Pinson said it was a big project, almost $10 million, which would enhance the journey of passengers from the Port Macquarie region as well as tourists.
Cr Pinson said there would be a baggage carousel for the first time.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker said it was great the airport terminal, the gateway for so many people coming to Port Macquarie for the first time, would be upgraded to reflect the rest of what Port Macquarie had to offer.
Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams welcomed the long-awaited start of work.
“I know that for the next 12 months or so people will be inconvenienced to some degree while construction is occurring but I am sure the end result will be worthwhile with a brand new airport experience,” she said.
Cr Justin Levido said Port Macquarie-Hastings Council had big plans for the airport.
Officials gathered on October 12 to mark the start of construction to upgrade the airport terminal building.
Cr Levido said it was a great day for the council, a great day for the local government area and a great day for the airport.
Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
The $9.875 million project is funded through a $5 million state government contribution, $1.25 million from the federal government and up to $3.625 million from the council.
Port Macquarie Airport visitors are asked to be aware of changes during the construction phase and to follow directional signs.