TOWNSVILLE AIRPORT, AN IMPORTANT NORTH QUEENSLAND GATEWAY, RECENTLY CELEBRATED A MAJOR MILESTONE WITH THE DELIVERY OF A $10 MILLION UPGRADE, WHICH INVOLVED THE EXPANSION AND RESURFACING OF THE APRON.
The 18,000 square meter apron expansion facilitates parking for up to two additional aircraft, and provides up to 33 per cent more capacity, during peak times.
Townsville Airport Chief Operating Officer Kevin Gill said the project was the first step in the realisation of the airport’s redevelopment.
“At peak times our apron has been at capacity, and occasionally over capacity, requiring us to rely on Defence land to house aircraft. Now we have sufficient space to meet current and future demand,” he said.
The apron project was jointly funded by Townsville Airport and the Queensland Government, with the airport contributing $1 million and the balance funded by an interest-free loan under the State Government’s catalyst infrastructure program.
The apron project also included the rejuvenation of parts of the existing 28-year-old apron surface with 44 people working to complete the project.
Mr Gill said the airport was now firmly focused on the terminal component of the Project Alive redevelopment.
“Delivery of the full program of the airport’s redevelopment is a priority for the airport and the entire community – we are keen to get on with the task,” he said.
“The airport has invested $20 million of the $80 million required for Project Alive to date – with the completion of airside works and some early works in the terminal.”
Townsville Airport is a major economic enabler for North Queensland, supporting more than 3,000 jobs and contributing $420 million to the local economy.
The apron completion comes as The Bar, a new bar and café, opens in the terminal as part of a partnership between Lagardère Travel Retail and Townsville Brewing Company’s The Brewery.
The venue won’t just highlight our local beers, according to Townsville Airport General Manager Commercial Isabelle Yates.
“We have been pushing to have more local produce available in the terminal, to showcase Townsville’s impressive offering”, she said.
The new venue which has been styled similarly to The Brewery’s Flinders Street site, will also offer coffee and fresh breads and pastries by a local artisan baker.