Hopes high with airport upgrade
THE Bundaberg Regional Airport upgrade is just weeks away from completion, raising hope that cut-price carriers will be touching down by June.
Bundaberg Regional Council economic development manager Naomi Searle said the terminal upgrade would be complete by mid-February with security systems in place by the end of March.
Ms Searle said although airlines would not commit to services at Bundaberg airport until all the work was complete, it was looking positive that more services would be offered soon.
She said it was yet to be decided whether the extra services would be from QantasLink or competitors Virgin Blue and Jetstar, but did confirm that routes between Bundaberg and Sydney were being considered as well as flights to Brisbane.
“Council has engaged aviation specialists Aspiron Consulting to develop an opportunity profile and business case to various airlines,” she said.
Jeff Lennox Builders is putting on the finishing touches for the terminal, with the cafe fitout nearing completion.
“The departures check-in and baggage collection areas are now fully operational, with QantasLink moving into their new premises at the end of last week,” Ms Searle said.
“Car rentals have also moved to the baggage collection area.”
The lengthened runway extension is now complete extending from 1560m to 2020m and has the capacity to take jet aircraft.
The upgraded terminal will include key features such as checked baggage screening, secure departure lounge and baggage carousel.