SKYTRAX latest rankings of the world’s best airports are released, and Australia’s tourism capital the Gold Coast has risen in the ranks.

Ranked at 45, the Gold Coast Airport has jumped ten places up from last year, ranking higher than major international airports including Bangkok (46), London Gatwick (55), and New York JFK (74).

The Gold Coast also took the honours of the best regional airport and best airport staff within the Australia/Pacific region.

The praise of ranking so highly in this year’s Skytrax World Airport Awards, in what escape is calling the “Oscars of the aviation industry” is a huge boost of support to the airport ahead of a $370 million redevelopment.

The development which was set for completion ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will now begin in the coming months.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said the terminal expansion which is expected to be completed by mid-2021, will boost tourism numbers.

“Gold Coast Airport looks after 6.6 million passengers a year, and this will more than double by 2037,” Mr Mills said.

The vote of confidence is assurance for the growing region.

While Brisbane Airport, the Gold Coasts nearest neighbour, took the honour of Australia’s best airport ranking 18th.