Busselton-Margaret River Airport set for take-off

Published on : Friday, February 3, 2017

tourism Western australiaWork to expand Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport has officially started, paving the way for direct flights to the South West from Melbourne and Sydney.

 

A sod-turning ceremony this week marked a milestone for the project, which will include upgrades to the runway, allowing bigger planes to land at the airport, plus additional terminal capacity to accommodate new visitors to the State.

 

 

The new airport – due to be completed in 2018 – is considered a ‘game changer’ that will deliver major economic benefits to the region, particularly in the local tourism and hospitality sector.

 

 

It is also expected to have a positive impact on long-term regional development by lowering the cost of doing business in the region, attracting regional investment and creating local employment opportunities in logistics, agriculture, aquaculture and other industries.

 

 

In addition to the State Government’s $56.5 million towards the project, the Commonwealth Government’s contribution of $9.78 million opens up potential for direct international airfreight flights. The City of Busselton has spent $3.5 million on the redevelopment.

 

 

Arup was awarded the contract for the design of the new terminal building and landside precinct, while Ertech is in charge of the design and construction contract for airside works.

 

 

Source:- tourism Western Australia

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