Airport upgrade set to start
Work to upgrade and extend the Geraldton Airport runway is expected to start this month.
City of Greater Geraldton councillors unanimously agreed to award the tender for the works to WBHO Infrastructure’s Geraldton branch during a council meeting last week.
The contract, valued at about $22 million, will see the runway extended to 2400m, the main apron expanded and the taxiway widened.
According to briefing notes the upgrades will enable bigger aircraft such as the Airbus A330 to land.
The works will also include the construction of an overlay to the existing airfield pavements and the replacement of aeronautical ground lighting.
In its submission, WBHO Infrastructure identified a significant amount of local content for the supply of goods and services.
The entire project, worth $24 million, is jointly funded by the Federal Government, contributing $10 million from the Building Better Regions Fund, the State Government, contributing $6.5 million from the Regional Airports Development Scheme, and $7.5 million from the City.