More airport work
Karratha Airport is set for another major upgrade as the City of Karratha finalises designs for the car park and terminal forecourt expansions.
The upgrades will begin later in the year and will involve a “kiss and ride” drop-off lane.
The project will also involve the amendment of parking entry and exit routes, the expansion of the short-term parking area, landscaping, shade structures, seating and the relocation of the waste and loading area.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the inclusion of the drop-off lane was a response to community sentiment.
“After reviewing current designs and speaking with community members, council has opted to amend the design of the Karratha Airport carpark and the terminal forecourt upgrade to include a kiss-and-ride zone,” he said.
The front-of-terminal lane was closed during the redevelopment and since then almost 90 per cent of traffic going through shortterm parking accesses the area to pick up and drop off.
The addition of the drop-off lane aims to reduce congestion in the short-term parking area and make traffic flow more efficient.
The City hopes the parking and forecourt improvements will bring the terminal exterior in line with the interior upgrades that were completed in September last year.
“The project has been divided into four stages and the new kiss-and-ride zone will be established within the existing short-term car park once the terminal forecourt enhancements are complete, in what is likely to be the second stage of the project,” Mr Long said.
“These improvements will work together to provide an enhanced overall experience for airport users by easing congestion, simplifying access and increasing parking capacity.”
Works are to be completed by early next year and tenders will open in the new financial year.
Karratha airport is set for another renovation.