High flyers to soar in soon

TRAVELLERS flying to and from Bundaberg this Christmas look set to have a merry trip, with the Bundaberg Regional Airport Terminal upgrade on track for an early December completion.

As a crane lowered the extension roofing behind him yesterday morning, airport upgrade builder Jeff Lennox said he was pleased with the progress, despite wild winds threatening to hold work up earlier this week.

“Everything's on track,” Mr Lennox said.

“It's just over four weeks and this is just what we'd planned.

“We've got a fantastic team on-site and they're working really well together.”

The extension will benefit travellers, and existing and future operators, with new features including a departure lounge, check-in area with baggage conveyors, arrival area with luggage carousel and car parking facilities.

A refurbished dining area, bag check screening and personal screening facilities will also be available.

“I'm sure people will be excited about the prospect of cheaper flights,” Mr Lennox said.

“It will certainly make the flow at the airport a lot smoother.”

Mr Lennox said with the upgrade expected to bring business to the area, it was a part of the “progression of Bundaberg”.

Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said she was very pleased with the progress at the airport and was excited about its future.

“The first roof sheet went up yesterday (Thursday) and the structural steel for the check-in area is in place, as are all the underground services,” she said.

“We see this as a major driver of economic growth, allowing for increased tourism numbers and better facilities for business and holiday travellers, just in time for the busy holiday season.”

The roofing should be completed by noon today, weather permitting.

The concrete pad for the arrivals area, offices and public facilities has also been completed.

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