Aug 16, 2017

Airport spin-offs for local business

Airport spin-offs for local business

More than 20 local sub-contractors and suppliers are involved in the first stage of the $40 million Whitsunday Coast Airport runway upgrade and airport expansion, the local council says.

Whitsunday Regional Mayor Andrew Willcox said more than $4 million in contracts had been awarded on the airport project under his council’s local buy policy.

“I am very proud of our local buy policy which supports regional business which equates to creating jobs for locals,” he said.

“The major contractors Fulton Hogan agreed to terms that a priority be placed on awarding as much sub-contract work as possible within region.”

Cr Willcox said the runway upgrade and terminal expansion project was also timely as airport passenger figures last month hit a new airport record.

“July was the single biggest month on record for passenger numbers at the WCA, with 41,760 passengers arriving and departing from the terminal.

“That figure is 12,500 more than July, 2016 and if the trend continues we are on target to hit the 500,000 passengers per annum target way ahead of forecast.”

The previous monthly records were 32,768 in December 2016 and 33,609 in June 2017..

Whitsunday Coast Airport acting general manager Glenn Robinson said the airport had been focused on securing new domestic routes and extra flights.

It was now the only mainland regional airport south of Townsville that had direct jet only flights to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, he said.