Sunday, February 25, 2024

Rockhampton lands $35m airport upgrade

A $35.44 million upgrade of Rockhampton Airport has been completed, with improvements to terminal facilities and security screening unveiled yesterday.

Rockhampton Region Mayor, Tony Williams said the works will mean improved passenger convenience and safety.

“The Rockhampton Airport is a major gateway for business and tourism in our region,” said Mayor Williams.

“This project began as a reconfiguration to accommodate security screening upgrades required to comply with Australian Government regulations, however we took the opportunity to undertake a broader refurbishment to most of the old terminal building and create a terminal that better serves our growing region.”

As well as the security upgrades, the project involved building airline lounge facilities, replacing amenities, new cafes, upgrading the concourse, providing new and improved car hire booths, and improving the overall appearance and functionality of the airport.

“The upgraded facilities will have considerable flow on benefits to the broader region through increased passenger numbers,” the Mayor said.

“I’m very grateful to the Australian and Queensland governments for their support.“The airport redevelopment is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when all three levels of government work together for the community.”

The project supported 50 full-time-equivalent construction jobs and six ongoing jobs in the community.

The improvements are thanks to a joint $35.44 million investment by the Australian Government, the Queensland Government’s COVID Works for Queensland program and Rockhampton Regional Council.

“Rockhampton airport is a major access point for Central Queensland, it’s the first thing travellers see and a key part of the region’s economy,” said Queensland Deputy Premier, Steven Miles, who toured the facility yesterday.

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